Italy’s development policy and the domestic politics of Europeanisation: why Europe matters so little

Carbone, M. and Quartapelle, L. (2016) Italy’s development policy and the domestic politics of Europeanisation: why Europe matters so little. European Politics and Society, 17(1), pp. 42-57. (doi:10.1080/23745118.2015.1075766)

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Abstract

In spite of Italy's extraordinary ratio of foreign aid channelled through the European Union and its support for a common European approach to international development promoted by the European Commission, combined with significant Europeanisation pressures since the early 2000s, the ‘impact of Europe’ on Italy's development policy has been rather limited. Examining the issues of quantity and quality of aid between 2002 and 2014, and the process that led to the adoption of a new development law in 2014, this paper seeks to explain why Europe matters so little in the evolution of Italy's development policy. The central argument is that Italy's propensity to Europeanise its development policy depends on two key factors: domestic politics, in particular the different agendas of governing party coalitions; and the multilateralisation of aid, specifically the set of perverse effects it generates on the bilateral component of development policy, irrespective of changing governing coalitions.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Carbone, Professor Maurizio
Authors: Carbone, M., and Quartapelle, L.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:European Politics and Society
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:2374-5118
Published Online:10 October 2015

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