Management of Italy’s heritage has been in increasing turmoil since 1993. This paper identifies and reviews significant reform attempts, including outsourcing, devolution, managerialism and privatisation. The authors propose a framework for improved understanding of the various solutions examined – distinguishing between professional and organisational centralisation. It is argued that while decentralised organisational management can have positive effects, effective protection of heritage in Italy over the centuries has depended on a complex set of rules concerning stewardship and protection, relying upon centralised professional control. This still has positive value and needs to be preserved through the reform process.

Cultural Heritage between Centralisation and Decentralisation: Insights from the Italian context

BONINI BARALDI, SARA;
2007

Abstract

Management of Italy’s heritage has been in increasing turmoil since 1993. This paper identifies and reviews significant reform attempts, including outsourcing, devolution, managerialism and privatisation. The authors propose a framework for improved understanding of the various solutions examined – distinguishing between professional and organisational centralisation. It is argued that while decentralised organisational management can have positive effects, effective protection of heritage in Italy over the centuries has depended on a complex set of rules concerning stewardship and protection, relying upon centralised professional control. This still has positive value and needs to be preserved through the reform process.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10286630701201723
cultural Heritage, reform of public administration, professional control, norms and standards, centralisation and decentralisation, managerial processes
ZAN, LUCA; BONINI BARALDI, SARA; and GORDON CHRISTOPHER
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