La programmazione regionale in Europa. Alcune best practice di innovazione

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Regional programming in Europe. Some innovation best practices

Martino Mazzoleni, Sabrina Bandera

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[Autom. eng. transl.] In the last two years the Regional Research Institute of Lombardy (IReR) has promoted a research pathway aimed at mapping and analyzing regional planning processes in Europe, starting from some Italian experiences. A first research carried out in 2006-2007, already presented at the XXIX Italian Conference of Regional Sciences, made it possible to investigate how some regional governments (European and otherwise) operate in their strategic planning activity, comparing methods, priorities and originality (see S Bandera and M. Mazzoleni, Programming methods and tools A comparison between the documents of strategic regional planning in Europe in A. Bramanti and C. Salone (edited by), The territorial development in the knowledge economy: theories, actors, strategies, Milan, Franco Angeli, 2009). This paper aims to illustrate the outcomes of further in-depth work on regional planning methods and tools in the regions that make up the Four Engines for Europe association (Baden-Württemberg, Catalonia, Lombardy, Rhône-Alpes) and in Wales, region partner. The research was carried out through an analysis of documentary material and interviews with the administrators of the administrations of the mentioned regions, with the aim of identifying best practices as possible sources of learning and innovation for the Lombardy Region planning process. The paper also moves from the latest developments in the literature on these issues and proposes to provide a useful contribution both to the scientific debate that is characterized by a lack of comparative attention and to the programming practices of the Italian regions, particularly in view of the innovation experiences they will start at the beginning of the legislature in most of the ordinary statute regions. The analysis of the programming processes for identifying best practices was based on a model that distinguishes three functional components: a) Methods for defining and evaluating policies b) Programming tools c) Organizational methods. In this framework, the paper presents the main innovation elements that can be found in the cases analyzed. Significant cases such as: actors and tools for the evaluation of policies in Catalonia and Rhône-Alpes will be briefly illustrated; the strategy of participatory democracy in the French region; the performance monitoring system of Lombardy; territorial planning and revision of the planning process in Wales; the Catalan information system for monitoring activities and achievements. Finally, in the light of the best practices presented, we will provide some considerations regarding the different ways of learning and developing the regional planning systems analyzed, as well as possible perspectives for regional policymaking research in Europe.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Regional programming in Europe. Some innovation best practices
Original languageItalian
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Europa
  • Programmazione
  • Regioni
  • governance


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