ERIC Number: ED459778
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
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Essential Information for Post-Encyclopaedic Parliaments: The Italian Case.
This paper discusses the experiences of the Research Department of the Italian Chamber of Deputies over the past few years. The first section describes the origin of the department in the 1970s, including political factors, basic organizational features, and the salient features of the department's activity. The second section addresses the following changes of the 1990s: the Italian system began to resemble more closely a typically European parliamentary system; the parliament decided to confer wide-ranging delegated powers upon the government in order to implement economic and administrative reforms; important reforms were introduced that led to an extensive devolution of power to the regions and municipalities; and the privatization of substantial section of economic activity previously owned by the state in key sectors of the economy led to the establishment of independent authorities with strong regulatory powers in their specific sectors. This section also lists necessary actions in order to tap external expertise effectively to make it useful for legislative decision-making. It is concluded that it is fundamental for research department to actively support the efforts of parliamentary bodies so as to play a leading role in the new open circuits of knowledge. (MES)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Foreign Countries, Government Libraries, Legislation, Library Development, Library Role, Library Services, Research Libraries
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Italy