Marco Calaresu Chiara De Micheli Mauro Tebaldi

Institutionalization of the governance system and the quality of public policies. A case study on public transit and local transportation

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This article analyses the concepts of institutionalization of the governance system and of the responsiveness of the policy, in the policy sub-system of public transit and local transportation. To this end, assessment of the two concepts was conducted in a selected case study. The assessment of the level of institutionalization was carried out with a qualitative method involving 32 interviews with the actors engaged in the decision- making process in the island of Sardinia. Instead, the assessment of the level of responsiveness was conducted with a quantitative method: a survey that analysed a sample of 1,862 citizens from the two functional urban areas of the island. The aim of the article is to generate a hypothesis highlighting the causal mechanisms intervening between the two above-mentioned concepts.


  • Public transit
  • Local transportation
  • Institutionalization
  • Governance system
  • Responsiveness
  • Quality of public policies
  • European Union
  • Sardinia


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