Italian governments have tried for many years to privatise the higher education sector, either directly or indirectly. In the book La privatizzazione dell‘Università. Il modello delle fondazioni, I deal with the attempt to privatize universities by transforming them into foundations.
After tracing a history of the regulation of higher education institutions in Italy, I then deal with two types of private foundations: the foundations that are set up to support public universities under legge (statute) 388/2000 and those that are designed to replace public universities under legge 133/2008 (so-called Gelmini reform).
In this book, I claim that such an attempt to privatise Italian universities is in violation of the Constitution and I point at private-public partnerships as a possibility to explore. Since publishing it, I’ve partly changed my mind and I am now convinced the whole of the HE architecture must remain private and private entities can play the limited role to support research in a transparent way.
You can donwload the book here: Guido Noto La Diega, La privatizzazione dell‘Università. Il modello delle fondazioni: Un caso di perniciosa penetrazione del diritto privato nel diritto pubblico (EAI 2014)
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