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Saturday, 23 February 2013 09:58

Luigi Fiorentino

fiorentinoNato a Paternopoli (AV) il 9 ottobre 1959, vive a Roma. Si è laureato in giurisprudenza (110 e lode/110) ed ha conseguito il Diploma (corso biennale) di perfezionamento in Diritto Amministrativo e Scienze dell’Amministrazione (90/90) all’Università di Napoli. E’ attualmente Capo di Gabinetto del Ministro dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca. Precedenti incarichi: Segretario Generale e Capo di Gabinetto dell’Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato; Capo del Dipartimento per le Risorse Umane e Strumentali della Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri; Direttore del Servizio Centrale per gli Affari Generali, la Qualità dei Processi e dell’Organizzazione del Ministero dell’Economia e delle Finanze; Vice-Capo di Gabinetto del Ministro del Tesoro Carlo Azeglio Ciampi; Vice-Capo di Gabinetto del Ministro del Bilancio e della Programmazione Economica Giuliano Amato nonchè Provveditore generale dello Stato.

Dal 1985 al 2006 ha collaborato con la cattedra di Diritto Amministrativo dell’Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”. Dal 1997 ha ricoperto l’incarico di Professore a contratto presso diversi Atenei: Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata” e “Roma TRE”, Università degli Studi di Napoli “Suor Orsola Benincasa”. Insegna “Metodi e modelli per l’organizzazione e la gestione delle Pubbliche Amministrazioni” presso la Facoltà di Ingegneria Gestionale dell’Università “Tor Vergata” e “Istituzioni di Diritto Pubblico” nell’ambito del corso ufficiale di “Economia e gestione aziendale” presso l’Università Europea di Roma. E’ docente e membro del Consiglio Direttivo del Master di II livello in: “Diritto Amministrativo e Scienze dell’Amministrazione” - nonchè responsabile del modulo “I contratti” – organizzato dall’Università “Roma TRE”.

Ha scritto su varie tematiche di Diritto Amministrativo e collabora con numerose riviste giuridiche, tra le quali il “Giornale di Diritto Amministrativo” e la “Rivista trimestrale di Diritto Pubblico”.

Ha partecipato al “Trattato di Diritto Amministrativo”, Giuffrè, 2000 e 2003, con la voce “Debito pubblico” e al “Trattato dei contratti”, con “Attività contrattuale e vincoli di finanza pubblica”, in “I contratti con la Pubblica Amministrazione”, Utet, 2007, t. I, 241 ss. Tra i volumi curati si ricordano: “Casi e materiali di Diritto Amministrativo”, il Mulino, 2001; “Il Regolamento sull’Amministrazione e la contabilità degli Enti Pubblici - D.P.R. n. 97/2003”, Giuffrè, 2005; “Il codice dei contratti pubblici di lavori, servizi e forniture”, Quaderno del GDA, n. 15, IPSOA, 2007; “Lo Stato compratore. L’acquisto di beni e servizi nelle Pubbliche Amministrazioni”, ASTRID, Il Mulino, 2007; “Esternalizzazioni: lo stato dell’arte” in “L’esternalizzazione delle gestioni amministrative nelle Pubbliche Amministrazioni”, IRPA, Maggioli Editore, 2007; “Primo Rapporto sulle esternalizzazioni nelle Pubbliche Amministrazioni”, IRPA, Maggioli Editore, Maggio 2007; “La spending review e l’organizzazione amministrativa” in “Finanza pubblica e finanza privata”, Maggioli Editore, 2008; “Il modello Consip. Profili evolutivi” in “Consip: il significato di un’esperienza”, FrancoAngeli, 2008; “La difficile affermazione di una cultura della gestione nelle Pubbliche Amministrazioni”, in “Le Amministrazioni Pubbliche tra conservazione e riforme”, Giuffrè, 2008; “Secondo Rapporto sulle esternalizzazioni nelle Pubbliche Amministrazioni”, IRPA, Maggioli Editore, Gennaio 2009; “L’organizzazione centrale” in “Il sistema amministrativo italiano”, il Mulino, Studi e Ricerche, 2009; “Terzo Rapporto sulle esternalizzazioni nelle Pubbliche Amministrazioni”, IRPA, Maggioli Editore, Luglio 2011; “Gli acquisti delle amministrazioni pubbliche nella Repubblica federale”, ASTRID, Il Mulino, 2011; “L’organizzazione centrale dello Stato. Tra tentativi di innovazione e conservazione”, Editoriale Scientifica, 2012.

Tra le sue pubblicazioni più recenti: “Le competenze dell’AGCM nei mercati finanziari”, in Mercati finanziari e protezione del consumatore, Francesco Brioschi Editore, 2010; “Appalti pubblici e concorrenza” in “20 anni di Antitrust - L’evoluzione dell’Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato”, Giappichelli Editore, 2010; “Concorrenza e Amministrazioni Pubbliche” in La Costituzione Repubblicana, Edizioni ARES, 2010; “Le pratiche commerciali scorrette” in Obbligazioni e Contratti, Utet Giuridica, n. 3, Marzo 2011; “Il ruolo dell’AGCM nei SPL” in Rivista bimestrale L’ACQUA – Speciale: Il futuro dell’acqua fra referendum e norme, n. 2/2011; “Servizi portuali e concorrenza nel rilancio dell’economia” in Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI S.p.A - CONFINDUSTRIA, Luglio/Settembre 2010-2011.

Ha partecipato a vari convegni e conferenze, in Italia e all’estero, con interventi e relazioni in lingua italiana ed inglese. Dal 1985 svolge attività di ricerca.

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Friday, 01 February 2013 10:48

Consegna dei Diplomi AISES

The founding father of ‘social capital’, Pierre Bourdieu, said that treating the church as an economic enterprise would lead to uproar, disbelief and the laughter of the bishops. Yet, in the last couple of decades, policy-makers and social scientists have increasingly sought to capitalise on faith by asking whether it produces social capital. In the context of faith-based social action in communities, this book asks what becomes of faiths when they are seen as social capital? Roger McCormick notes this book is a stimulating read but finds its political slant leaves out a more substantial analysis of the social capital metaphor and its perceived threat to faith communities.

faithandsocialafterFaith and Social Capital after the Debt Crisis. Adam Dinham. Palgrave Macmillan. May 2012.

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Social capital has, the author tells us, long been dominant  in social policy for “the liberal elites of Western democracies”. It “weds our ideas of the social to our experience of capital”. However, this book challenges that dominance. Amongst  many criticisms (from linguistic to political), a fundamental one is that the concept is “muddled” because “it emerges out of wholly neo-liberal impulses –to put to economic work anything which can be used — but engages religious ones to its ends”. The modern political tendency to “marketise” so many aspects of economic and social activity (and, particularly, to shrink government’s role) is condemned throughout.

The author is Reader in Religion and Society at Goldsmiths. As the title suggests, he finds, in the financial crisis (described as the “collapse of capitalism itself”), reasons for arguing that the markets’ influence should be reduced especially as regards to religious matters and the activities of “faith groups”.

Whilst academics may differ about definitional details of social capital, Multilateral Financial Institutions (MFIs) like the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) give some helpful website indications of how they see social capital and why, MFIs take it seriously. The World Bank tells us that social capital “refers to norms and networks that enable collective action”; it encompasses “institutions, relationships, and customs that shape the quality and quantity of a society’s social interactions”. The term “social capital” may, in reality, be little more than a convenient, modern label for social phenomena that have existed for centuries but, nevertheless, has substance. Social capital can help a community address common needs, foster greater inclusion and better communications and increase transparency and accountability.

Effective relationships that facilitate common endeavours lie at the concept’s heart. The notion that “capital” is involved stems from a recognition that these phenomena have value to society just as credit balances in bank accounts do. MFIs, particularly those concerned with “transition” to market economies, tend to see the presence of strong social capital as being linked to economic development.

Supporters of economic liberalism will generally see merit in the idea of social caiptal as a force for the “good” of assisting with conversion to, or expansion of, a market-based system. The author is not among their number. Although he tells us that he is not against capitalism as such, he is clearly not a cheerleader, seeing as a “key feature of capitalism” the “transfer of wealth, as profit, not only into the hands of smaller and smaller elites of owners, but also away from individuals and towards institutions.” He doubts that capitalism can “really cope with being confronted with the stories of the poor as well as the wealthy”. He is appalled by the UK coalition government’s “wholesale reassertion of free market capitalism” as he sees capitalism’s “tentacles” extending “in every direction”.

He is especially scathing about the exaggerated importance attached to markets by capitalism and how the “language of capital” is used “to explain more and more things”. On several occasions, he complains that “social capital” is a concept that “arises in the context of the overemphasis of the capital and the underemphasis of the social.” For him, the language of markets and related concepts does not fit with the idea of faith and faith communities.

The book has a tendency to confuse three lines of argument: that the idea of social capital has had its day; that social capital concepts have no place in explaining faith groups’ activities; and that markets play too great a role on the formulation of public policy. Hovering uneasily amongst these issues is what seems to be a point on choice of language: the use of the word “capital” in “social capital.”

However, even if this reviewer found the author’s arguments do not always flow, the author’s case does gradually build momentum. Chapter 1 starts the analysis by lengthy reference to a 2006 study in which he was involved (“Faith as Social Capital”) exploring the contribution of faiths to the “public realm”, with extracts from case studies in the UK regions. The study “accepted the logic  of social capital” but the author comments now, as he looks back, that the findings do not need to be read only through the social capital “lens” which, as he sees it, “first marketizes, then distorts the contribution of religious faith and, in doing so, narrows its canvas of concern.”

Chapter 2 examines a 2010 study of faith forums and their relationship with government initiatives. Extensive use is made of unattributed quotes from participants in the study, evidencing reactions against perceived attempts to make faith groups compete for government funding. Chapter 3 then considers how social capital ideas have evolved up to the present day and summarises the views of the main exponents of social capital theory (Bourdieu, Coleman, Putnam and others). Giddens (and the “Third Way”) is criticised — with the unfortunate repetition of the same two consecutive paragraphs, verbatim, on pages 50 and 100. There is also a summary account of “social capital as public policy”. Chapter 4, surveys various criticisms that have been made of social capital and expands on why the use of the metaphor is thought so dubious when applied to faith groups:

“..the problem with metaphors is that their boundaries set the shape and tone of the thing they relate to. So when we think about faiths in social capital terms, we think about what capital they produce. More than a helpful metaphor, social capital is revealed as a highly normative concept, one which commodifies its subjects and renders their relationships mere lubricants for the really important business of market-making.”

How could the worthy “social” get mixed up with a money-grubbing word like  “capital”?

Later sections are dominated by a railing against the evils of markets and “neo-liberalism”. However, the final chapter introduces more measured discussion, focusing on an alternative approach to assessing faith communities’ contribution, examining what they do “as they see it themselves”.

Members of faith communities might well dislike being seen as “contributors” to a country’s social capital — just another section of the “voluntary sector”. There is more to “faith” than that. But, apart from the purely spiritual, the social work of faith groups is of vital importance and value. It ranges from night shelters, food banks, credit unions, housing trusts, legal advice, street patrols and support groups to serving hot Christmas dinners to the lonely or the homeless. Does it really matter so much if “market” language is used (as one of many ways) to describe it? Is the vocabulary of the market and competition really so distasteful and dangerous?

Some interesting points are made in the book and much of it is a stimulating read. A little less straying into the political arena, and less naive commentary on the financial crisis, would have provided better balance and allowed more room for analysis of whether the perceived threats to faith communities posed by the social capital metaphor are of real substance. And perhaps, just perhaps, the author has allowed himself to get too exercised about one word…capital!


mccormickRoger McCormick is the Director of the Sustainable Finance Project at London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Visiting Professor at LSE. He is also the author of Legal Risk in the Financial Markets (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed. 2010). He retired from full-time private legal practice in 2004, having practised law in the City of London for nearly thirty years. Read reviews by Roger.


Friday, 18 January 2013 19:32

Fabio Fortuna


Fabio Fortuna is Full Professor of Business Administration. He is vice Rector and Dean of the Faculty of Economics of Niccolò Cusano University of Rome, where he teaches Accounting and Financial Reporting; he also teaches “Auditing” at Luiss University.
He is member of the Advisory Board of the “Accademia Italiana di Economia Aziendale” (AIDEA).

He is member of the Advisory Board of the “Dean Conference of the Economics and Statistics Faculties”.
He is member of several Editorial Boards and Scientific Committees.
He is the President of the “Associazione Nazionale Docenti di Ragioneria ed Economia Aziendale”
Ordinary member of the “Accademia italiana di Economia aziendale” (AIDEA), “Società Italiana dei Docenti di Ragioneria ed Economia Aziendale” (SIDREA), “Società Italiana di Storia della Ragioneria” (SISR) e “European Accounting Association” (EAA).
He published many books and articles dealing with Accounting and Business Administration.



Riforme istituzionali e crescita economica in Europa 


Lunedì 27 ottobre 2014, ore 16.00

Piazzale del Laterano, 4 - Città del Vaticano


Siamo lieti di invitare la S.V. all'inaugurazione del corso di Alta Formazione “Riforme istituzionali e crescita economica in Europa”, che si terrà presso l'Università del Papa il 27 ottobre 2014, alle ore 16.

L'inaugurazione sarà aperta dal saluto di S.E. Mons. Enrico Dal Covolo, Magnifico Rettore della Pontificia Università Lateranense, e dalla presentazione di Valerio De Luca, Presidente di AISES e Direttore del Corso, che introdurrà l'intervento del nostro ospite d'onore

On. Maria Elena Boschi

Min. delle Riforme e dei Rapporti con il Parlamento.

Presiederà ai lavori Cesare Mirabelli, Presidente emerito della Corte Costituzionale, e le conclusioni saranno affidate a S.E. Mons. Lorenzo Leuzzi, Vescovo Ausiliare di Roma, Delegato per la Pastorale Universitaria.


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Tuesday, 11 December 2012 20:17

Executive Board

President Emeritus Domenico Marchetta
Honorary President


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Valerio DE LUCA

Executive President



Vice President


Angelo ANAV

General Secretary


Andreina DRAGHI

Director Department of Culture and Development








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Tuesday, 11 December 2012 20:13


GIOVANI FORMAZIONE UNIVERSITÀ  IX Simposio internazionale dei docenti Universitari

21 - 23 giugno 2012


Workshop 1 La Comunità Universitaria
Questa sessione affronta le professionalità che si esprimono nell’ambito universitario: dal docente - educatore, al personale amministrativo, allo studente. Un’attenzione particolare sarà anche portata alle Università Cattoliche nel più ampio contesto della formazione superiore e della ricerca.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 19:53

Francesco Saraceno

Francesco Saraceno is Senior Economist at OFCE-Sciences Po. He holds Ph.Ds in Economics from Columbia University and La Sapienza University of Rome. His main research interests include the relationship between inequality and macroeconomic performance, European macroeconomic policies, and the interaction between structural reforms, fiscal and monetary policies. He published in several international journals such as Journal of Public Economic Theory, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Post-Keynesian Economics, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics.

In 2000 he became member of the Council of Economic Advisors for the Italian Prime Minister's Office. He has been on leave since March 2002, when he moved to Paris to work at the French Observatory on Economic Conditions (Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Économiques), the Research Center in Economics of Sciences-Po. He is in charge of the Economics concentration of the Master of European Affairs at Sciences-Po Paris, where he teaches international and European macroeconomics. He also teaches at the Master of Public Affairs, and is Academic Director of the Sciences Po-Northwestern European Affairs Program. He manages the Economics area of the Jakarta School of Government and Public Policy. He is member of the LUISS International Group on Economic Policy (LIGEP).

He maintains a blog on European matters

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 16:19

Links utili / Siti amici

Link utili

BRUEGEL, Brussels European and Global Economic Laboratory (Brussels)
Carnegie Europe (Brussels)
The Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (San Domenico di Fiesole)
CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research (Warsaw)
Center for Applied Policy Research, CAP (Munich)
Centre for European Policy Studies, CEPS (Brussels)
Centre for the New Europe (Brussels)
Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs, London)
European Centre for Development Policy Management, ECDPM (Maastricht)
European Centre for International Economics (Brussels)
European Centre for International Political Economy, ECIPE (Brussels)
European Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow, CFACT (Jena, Germany)
European Council on Foreign Relations, ECFR
European Institute at the London School of Economics, LSE (London)
European Institute of Public Administration, EIPA (Maastricht)
European Policy Centre, EPC (Brussels)
European Policy Forum, EPF (London)
Friends of Europe (Brussels)
FRIDE (Madrid)
German Council on Foreign Relations (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik), DGAP (Berlin)
Forum Carolus (Straßburg)
Friends of Europe (Brussels)
Group of Policy Advisers (Brussels)
Institute for Government (London)
Lisbon Council for Economic Competitiveness asbl (Brussels)
Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation (Brussels)
Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, CPB (The Hague)
Notre Europe (Paris)
The Oxford Council on Good Governance, OCGG (Oxford)
Policy Network (London)
The Global Policy Institute (London)

Siti amici

Francesco Saraceno