All posts by Stefania Ravazzi

Framing public problems

Measures to solve public problems largely depend on how the issues are framed. Try to reconstruct how the mafia phenomenon is framed (what is the problem? What are its origins? what causes it?) in the following policy measures:
– the special prison system for detainees, which strongly limits their contacts with the outside (what is the conception of the mafia problem underlying this provision?)
– education programs for legality in schools (what is the conception of the mafia problem underlying this provision?)
– support for anti-racket associations (what is the conception of the mafia problem underlying this measure?)
– anti-mafia certification of enterprises (what is the conception of the mafia problem underlying this provision?)

The abolition of public funding for political parties in Italy

After several partial reform attempts, in 2012, direct public funding for Italian political parties was abolished, while indirect public funding is still provided through 2×1000 tax (but binding the destination to the chosen party) and through tax deductions of party donations.What kind of public policy is indirect public funding for political parties? Try to apply Lowi’s and Wilson’s typologies arguing your choices.