The 2014 local government reform introduced 14 metropolitan cities in Italy, but it remained unfinished, leaving many critical issues on the ground on the effective functioning of these territorial bodies. Although within this unfinished reform, since its constitution (2015) the Metropolitan City of Bologna has tried to pursue effectiveness, also through forms of voluntary organization which are due to a long tradition of institutional collaboration. In particular Bologna experimented a strong synergy both in organization and in planning activities between the metropolitan city and its capital. This synergy has been strengthened in the current administrative mandate, starting from the initiative taken by the new Mayor, elected in October 2021, to organize the governance system, once again on a voluntary basis, with strong transversality and widespread communication between the two entities. This “governance experiment” benefits on the one hand from the base offered by the previous planning season, and on the other from the possibility of making significant investments thanks to the resources allocated through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan and other ordinary and extraordinary sources of financing. This essay analyzes the choice of field made by local administrators in the allocation of these huge resources, which constitutes an element of originality in the national panorama, for the desire to give an effective “metropolitan” identity and coherence to the “flagship projects” implemented.

The Challenges of Bologna's Metropolitan Identity / Orioli, V.. - In: IGLUS QUARTERLY. - ISSN 2571-628X. - ELETTRONICO. - Vol 8:Issue 4(2022), pp. 23-31.

The Challenges of Bologna's Metropolitan Identity

Orioli, V.
2022

Abstract

The 2014 local government reform introduced 14 metropolitan cities in Italy, but it remained unfinished, leaving many critical issues on the ground on the effective functioning of these territorial bodies. Although within this unfinished reform, since its constitution (2015) the Metropolitan City of Bologna has tried to pursue effectiveness, also through forms of voluntary organization which are due to a long tradition of institutional collaboration. In particular Bologna experimented a strong synergy both in organization and in planning activities between the metropolitan city and its capital. This synergy has been strengthened in the current administrative mandate, starting from the initiative taken by the new Mayor, elected in October 2021, to organize the governance system, once again on a voluntary basis, with strong transversality and widespread communication between the two entities. This “governance experiment” benefits on the one hand from the base offered by the previous planning season, and on the other from the possibility of making significant investments thanks to the resources allocated through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan and other ordinary and extraordinary sources of financing. This essay analyzes the choice of field made by local administrators in the allocation of these huge resources, which constitutes an element of originality in the national panorama, for the desire to give an effective “metropolitan” identity and coherence to the “flagship projects” implemented.
2022
The Challenges of Bologna's Metropolitan Identity / Orioli, V.. - In: IGLUS QUARTERLY. - ISSN 2571-628X. - ELETTRONICO. - Vol 8:Issue 4(2022), pp. 23-31.
Orioli, V.
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