Title: Quale futuro per la pubblica amministrazione (What future for the public administration) – Futuribili 2
Author: Sgroi E., Del Medico G. (eds.)
Publisher: Franco Angeli, Milano
Abstract: The post-Fordist economy and the new information technologies promote the processes of globalization. It seems, however, that politics and administration are still interested in cultivating national interests.
If politics produces “announcements” of globality, in its intervention in the concrete life it leaves hands free to the world powers, and even to the regional powers; or, more frequently, it does not decide either on purpose or on the means.
The risk is that it can not even get the functionality of its “secular arm”: Public Administration. This is, in many cases, surviving, in some cases even expanding, but it seems “cornered” and unable to read its mission. Its centrality is attacked by the public/private pendulum and it keeps power, but loses efficiency and effectiveness.
What is the future of public administration? Historians, economists, philosophers, jurists, sociologists, organizational experts, witnesses of administrative professions and of training are wondering, with neither apocalyptic rhetoric nor Panglossian optimism.
Communication, training, active citizenship, new constraints, technological resources and processes of integration both at European and world level seem to be the strategic factors that can bring out the public administration from bureaucratic stagnation and self-referentiality.