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Between European Integration and Regional Autonomy. The Case of Italy from an Economic Perspective

By Marco Montanari

Abstract

Italy has experienced a double political phenomenon ove r the last few decades: a transfer of powers to a supranational entity like the EU and a move towards regional autonomy. This paper aims to evaluate how policy competences are attributed to and exercised by the European, national and regional institutions. It develops a set of quantitative indicators analysing the legislative production of the EU, the Italian parliament and the Italian regions in various policy areas. The main findings indicate a certain subst itutability between European and national legislation and that different levels of government share competences in a larger number of sectors than suggested by the economic theory.European Union; Italy; Constitutional Political Economy

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