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  • Teacher Cristina Brasili

  • Credits 8

  • SSD SECS-P/02

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Local and Global Development (cod. 9200)

    Also valid for Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Local and Global Development (cod. 5912)

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student knows the main economic policies of regional and more generally territorial development, both Italian and European. In particular, the student is able to: use quantitative and analysis tools that allow him to evaluate and support regional economic policy decisions; choose and analyse useful indicators for the description of Italian and European regional socio-economic context

Course contents

-The EU Cohesion Policy (8 frontal hours and 4 laboratory hours):

- Objectives and principles of the EU Cohesion Policy

- The Structural Funds and the National Strategic Framework in the 2007-2013 programming, the characteristics of the programming period of the 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy.

-The implementation of the Cohesion Policy in some European regions.

-In-depth analysis of the critical issues in the implementation of the Cohesion Policy in some Italian regions

-The database for development policies (DPS, Istat).

- Program documents: the 2014-2020 Partnership agreement

Local development theory (4 lectures and 2 laboratory hours)

- The Italian Industrial Districts: evolution, characteristics and governance;

-The National Strategy of internal areas (SNAI)

Indicators for measuring territorial capital and well-being (4 frontal hours and 4 laboratory hours)

- The territorial capital in the Italian regions and cities

- The BES project: indicators of Fair and Sustainable Wellbeing

- The quality of life in cities - Eurostat's Urban database

Economic growth theory and growth factors (8 lectures and 2 laboratory hours):

-Economic growth

- Productivity in Italy

- Institutional Quality

The EU budget 2021-2027. The setting of the Cohesion Policy 2021-2027 and the PNRR in Italy (4 hours)


  • Growth Factors

La crescita delle nazioni, fatti e teorie di Vittorio Daniele, Rubbettino Editore, 2008, Capitoli Primo e Secondo, pp.9-64

  • Local Development and Territorial Capital

Lo sviluppo locale– Ciapetti, 2010

Gianfranco Viesti (2021) Centri e periferie, Europa, Italia e Mezzogiorno dal XX al XXI secolo, capitoli 7, 15 e 16 4-5, Editori Laterza;

RegiosS - Gli indicatori per la misura del capitale territoriale, 2012

  • UE Cohesion Policy

Politica Regionale – Commissione Europea [http://www2.stat.unibo.it/brasili/polec_2017/regional_policy_it.pdf]

I fondi strutturali europei: otto lezioni dall'esperienza italiana – Viesti, Luongo 2014

Le nuove politiche regionali dell'Unione Europea – Viesti, Prota – Cap.7

Le nuove politiche regionali dell'Unione Europea – Viesti, Prota – Cap.8

Investire nelle regioni: la riforma della Politica di coesione dell’UE 2014-2020

Sintesi dell’accordo di partenariato per l’Italia, 2014-2020, European Commission 2014

Accordo di partenariato 2014-2020 Italia allegato 1 risultati attesi - azioni

  • Institutional Quality

Charron Rothstein - Quality of Government in EU regions

  • SNAI Strategy

Barca F., Casavola P., Lucatelli S. (2014) “Strategia nazionale per le Aree interne: definizione, obiettivi, strumenti e governance” in Materiali Uval, n. 31, Roma Italia Carlucci C., Guerrizio A.


Further readings:

  1. Italia e Germania: due vie per l’uscita dalla crisi – A. Brasili C. Brasili, 2011;

    Città e sviluppo locale – Bertini, Brasili, 2014;

  2. "What Is Quality of Government? A Theory of Impartial Government Institutions", Rothstein, Teorell, 2008;

  3. Rothstein B., Stolle D., 2008: The state and social capital: An institutional theory of generalized trust, Comparative Politics, 40 (4): 441-459; -Social Capital and Governmental Institutions, 2012, Breuskin;

  4. Un bilancio moderno al servizio di un'Unione che protegge, che dà forza, che difende;-Quadro finanziario pluriennale 2021-2027; -Politica di coesione e la crisi generata dalla pandemia da COVID-19; -Una nuova agenda strategica 2019-2024;-Consiglio Europeo, Comunicazione della Commissione: “Il momento dell'Europa: riparare i danni e preparare il futuro per la prossima generazione”;-Comunicazione della Commissione: “Il bilancio dell'UE come motore del piano per la ripresa europea”.

  5. La nuova politica di coesione 2021-2027, Rapporto camera dei deputati del 5 Giugno 2019( con aggiornamenti); -Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri “La programmazione per la Politica di Coesione, documento preparatorio per il confronto.

Additional material provided by the teacher during the course

Teaching methods

The teaching method followed is to theoretically address a problem of economic policy (through frontal lessons) and then to show the empirical analysis approach through the use and discussion of data related to the problem in the lessons in the laboratory.

Some topics can be studied in depth in small groups of students and presented to others (group work will be evaluated for a maximum of 3 points which will be added to that of the final exam).

Assessment methods

Verification of the degree of learning of the topics covered will be conducted in two ways: a) an oral exam that focuses on the entire program of the course and b) at the student's choice the preparation of a paper agreed during the course that will be delivered one week before the appeal and presented during the exam.

The evaluation in the case of mode a) will be given according to the following criterion:

• Sufficient preparation and analytical skills, expressed in a formally correct language → 18-22;
• Technically adequate preparation, sufficient analytical skills, even if not particularly articulated, expressed in correct language → 23-26;
• In-depth knowledge of the topics covered in the course, good analytical and critical skills, mastery of specific terminology → 27-29;
• Very in-depth knowledge of the topics covered in the course, critical analysis and connection skills, mastery of specific terminology → 30-30L.

The evaluation in the case of modality b) will be given according:

The topics not covered in the paper will be briefly discussed during one of the subsequent exam sessions. The maximum number of points obtainable from this test is 16.
The topics of the course not covered in the paper will be briefly discussed at the end of the presentation of the paper. The maximum number of points obtainable from this test is 16. Topic and index of the paper must be agreed in advance with one of the teachers
The paper must answer a short research question, must have a maximum length of 10-15 pages, must be sent by email to Professor Brasili and / or Professor Moscariello one week before the date of presentation, the maximum score for the paper is 16 points
The exam grade will be given by the sum of the scores obtained from the presentation of the paper and the oral exam (assessed according to the criteria of method a).
Scores 31 and 32 correspond to 30 cum lode

In particular, we intend to verify the achievement of the following educational objectives:
- knowledge of the economic policies of the European Union and its links with Italian and international ones;
- appropriate use of the methodological tools illustrated during the lectures;
- ability to ask Research Questions concerning the use of these tools to analyze the effects of policies;
- ability to discuss the results obtained in order to interpret the phenomenon under study, in the light of the literature on the subject and current economic policy strategies.

Teaching tools

Reading materials can be found at:

Unibo Virtuale - Università di Bologna https://virtuale.unibo.it

Lessons will not be recorded.

The main sources of regional economic, national and international data will be illustrated.

Office hours

See the website of Cristina Brasili