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Linking Regions and Central Governments

Contracts for Regional Development

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A trend toward decentralisation has meant that sub-national governments increasingly find themselves responsible for providing a host of public goods and services. Rarely, however, can they "go it alone". Co-ordination among levels of government is imperative. This book offers a unique analytic framework for assessing multi-level governance arrangements, which is subsequently applied to five case studies of regional development policy: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The book reveals the importance of contractual arrangements for customised management of interdependencies, for clarifying responsibilities among actors, for dialogue, and for learning.

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The Case of Italy

This chapter examines the use of Accordo di Programma Quadro (APQ), a multi-faceted instrument for regional policy in Italy. After providing an overview of the decentralisation context in Italy, the chapter describes the policies, institutions, and instruments associated with regional development policy. It offers a detailed summary of the APQ and the co-ordination context in which it operates, followed by an assessment of this mechanism using the analytic framework provided in Chapter 1. The chapter concludes with a series of policy recommendations for enhancing the APQ. 

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