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Italy and the European Union (Brookings-SSPA Series on Public Administration) [Kindle Edition]

Federiga Bindi

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Book Description

Federiga Bindi provides, for the first time, an in-depth analysis of Italy's role within the European Union (EU) in this inaugural volume of a book series published jointly by the Brookings Institution Press and the Scuola Superiore della Pubblica Amministrazione (Italian National School of Public Administration, or SSPA). Italy and the European Union relates in detail the historical, cultural, and sociological factors that have led to Italy's incomplete "Europeanization," or full integration, within the EU. It also brings the reader up-to-date on the steps taken by the country's leaders to improve Italy's standing and
become a more effective member in the organization it helped to found.

Discussing the author's extensive research, The Economist notes....

"Federiga Bindi identified a number of barriers to an effective European
policy in Italy: a high turnover of governments; coalition partners with
conflicting aims; the failure of bureaucrats to learn from other member
states; and politicians' lack of interest in Europe... recently however, she found that matters had improved. An interdepartmental body for the coordination of EU policies has been created, Parliament operates an effective scrutiny system..., the administration has learnt to learn from others. But the other problems remain, and they are formidable. Her study ends on an exasperated note: 'Italy appears to be stuck in the age of the Guelphs and the Ghibellines, in which the victory of one faction over another is what counts, and the fact that this may be damaging to the country matters little.'"
—from The Economist, July 31, 2010



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About the Author

Federiga Bindi is a nonresident senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, where she is a scholar in the Center for the United States and Europe. A Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Integration and founding director of the European Centre of Excellence University of Rome Tor Vergata, Bindi is now director of international relations at the Italian National School of Public Administration (SSPA). Among her previous books is The Foreign Policy of the European Union: Assessing Europe’s Role in the World (Brookings, 2010).


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  • File Size: 1910 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press and Scuola Superiore della Pubblica Amministrazione (SSPA); Original edition (January 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HW660K
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I am a Professor of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS John Hopkins in Washington DC.

Prior to that, I was Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. In the past, I a researcher at the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI) (Oslo, Norway), the Université Libre de Bruxelles - Institut d'Etudes Européens (Bruxelles, Belgium), the Instituto Ciências Sócias of the University of Lisbon and the Universidade Católica de Portugal and at Sc.Po. (IEP), Paris (France).

I have been a government advisor in the US, Italy, Portugal and Norway, in addition to the European Commission and the Council of Europe. I have also lead the Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels, a public and cultural diplomacy agency of the Italian government.

But most of all, I am very engaged in promoting women leadership in Foreign Policy and International Relations; I am currently working on two books project on women leadership and have organized a number of trainings in this field.

I taught at the University of Florence; Sciences Po in Lille, France, NYU, SUNY-FIT and Cal State: in other words, I have taught International Relations and European Politics to students as distant as Fashion Majors and Engineers, Communication geeks and Economists.

I have a Ph.D. in Political Science from the European University Institute (Florence), a MA in Comparative Politics magna cum laude from the University of Florence and took part of her graduate classes at the University of Oslo, Norway. As an undergrad, I studied in Florence and Paris, at the Institut d'Études Politiques, with one of the very first ERASMUS scholarships.

Between that and a few international boyfriends, I am fluent in 6 languages (English, Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Norwegian).

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