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The past twenty years have seen the communitarian system of multi level governance (MLG) being
established as a model of territorial policies governance. In the MLG, several levels of jurisdiction participate in decision making and Regions assume a relevant role in managing policies of development. This articlehighlights how such a system, mostly led by Public Institutions, cuts transaction costs being based on principles aimed at increasing the number of decision makers, as well as at making all governing levels and the processes of institutional coordination more effective. The article investigates two issues: a) to what extent the reorganization of the Italian system is compatible with the main characteristics of Communitarian MLG system in the governance of territorial policies; b) to what extent the decentralization in programming policies of development has gone with a transfer of capital expenses from a central (Central Administration) to local (Regional and Local Bodies) jurisdictions.
The hypotheses to be tested refer to the decentralization process recorded in Italy: the first hypothesis is that such a process would not be fully shareable, neither with regard to the characteristics of the Communitarian MLG model, nor to the general considerations deriving from the theory of fiscal federalism; secondly, the process would not seem supported by a symmetrical
transfer of the expenses from the Central Government’s jurisdiction to local bodies.