Title

Dynamics of Legislative Budgeting in Italy 1982-2001

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

9-2008

Abstract

For much of the First Republic, the Italian parliament was notorious for its fiscal irresponsibility. However, using data over a 20-year period we note that the performance of the parliament during the passage of the national budget changed over time. During most of the 1980s the parliament always spent more than the final amount specified in the government's Budget Bill. But this trend slowed towards the late 1980s, and of particular interest is that for several years during the 1990s the parliament actually voted to spend less than the government had originally proposed. We explain this anomaly using institutional theories and contextual explanations.

Keywords

Fiscal policies, Italy, Parliament, government budget

Discipline

Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Journal of Legislative Studies

Volume

14

Issue

3

First Page

279

Last Page

296

ISSN

1357-2334

Identifier

10.1080/13572330802259459

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13572330802259459

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