The traditional portrait of civil servants in Italy, as well as in most other countries, has always been one of not particularly efficient employees yet have the benefit of a secure job and can look forward to a comfortable retirement package. In order to change this image, public management reforms have largely focused on civil servants since the 1990s. However, many academics and practitioners claim some inertia in the reform implementation. In this article we aim to identify the determinants of such inertia in Italy's civil service reforms and we analyze data from 885 Italian municipalities expected to adopt the pay system reform for senior officials, as required by national legislature. Our findings stress the importance of accrued legitimacy, external public endorsement, and the influence of key internal stakeholders (like administrative leaders) as major vehicles to promote or slow down the implementation of administrative reforms in the public sector

Cristofoli, D., Nasi, G., Turrini, A., Valotti, G. (2011). Civil Service Reforms in Italy: The Importance of External Endorsement and Administrative Leadership. GOVERNANCE, 24(2), 261-283 [10.1111/j.1468-0491.2011.01524.x].

Civil Service Reforms in Italy: The Importance of External Endorsement and Administrative Leadership

Cristofoli, D;
2011

Abstract

The traditional portrait of civil servants in Italy, as well as in most other countries, has always been one of not particularly efficient employees yet have the benefit of a secure job and can look forward to a comfortable retirement package. In order to change this image, public management reforms have largely focused on civil servants since the 1990s. However, many academics and practitioners claim some inertia in the reform implementation. In this article we aim to identify the determinants of such inertia in Italy's civil service reforms and we analyze data from 885 Italian municipalities expected to adopt the pay system reform for senior officials, as required by national legislature. Our findings stress the importance of accrued legitimacy, external public endorsement, and the influence of key internal stakeholders (like administrative leaders) as major vehicles to promote or slow down the implementation of administrative reforms in the public sector
Articolo in rivista - Articolo scientifico
public personnel, public management reforms, local governments
English
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283
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Cristofoli, D., Nasi, G., Turrini, A., Valotti, G. (2011). Civil Service Reforms in Italy: The Importance of External Endorsement and Administrative Leadership. GOVERNANCE, 24(2), 261-283 [10.1111/j.1468-0491.2011.01524.x].
Cristofoli, D; Nasi, G; Turrini, A; Valotti, G
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