Donovan and Onofri - Chapter 07
It would be too easy to say that the fate of the liberalizing laws
reflects the progressive crumbling of the parliamentary majority, and
that this in turn reveals the great political heterogeneity of the coalition
that won the April 2006 election by a hair's breadth. It seems to me
that there are other, perhaps more fundamental reasons that deserve
close scrutiny if we are to understand whether liberalization should
be achieved by different means in the future, or whether the strategy
adopted by the government up to early 2008 should be followed again.
Given that it would not be possible in the available space to examine
all of the events that transpired and the reforms that were initiated,
I will concentrate on a few specific themes: local public services,
taxis, and the independent authorities. Other topics will be touched
upon only in passing, and only to the extent that they are relevant to
the examination of these three areas. The final section of this chapter
draws some tentative conclusions.