Accountability and Patronage in Extraordinary Administrations: Evidence from Pompeii

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Paolo Ferri

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Luca Zan

University of Bologna - Department of Management

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Date Written: February 2019

Abstract

Drawing on the concept of an accountability web, this paper analyzes the 2‐year long extraordinary administration of the archaeological site at Pompeii, where the Italian Prime Minister appointed a special Commissioner to deal with the alleged decay of the site in July 2008. Findings shed light on critical issues related to the appointment of “loyal experts” in terms of strong personalization, short‐term thinking, and the influence of the media in the administration of public services. Moreover, the paper introduces patronage accountability as a distinct accountability dimension that is characterized by a hierarchical and informal nature, and which cannot be accessed by those who are not part of the transaction. We add to the literature by identifying patronage accountability as a separate accountability dimension that conflicts with more common ones, and examine the implications of this practice for public administration.

Keywords: accountability web, Italy, patronage, Pompeii, public sector reform

Suggested Citation

Ferri, Paolo and Zan, Luca, Accountability and Patronage in Extraordinary Administrations: Evidence from Pompeii (February 2019). Financial Accountability & Management, Vol. 35, Issue 1, pp. 72-89, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3314303 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/faam.12184

Paolo Ferri (Contact Author)

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Luca Zan

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

Via Capo di Lucca 34
Bologna, 40126
Italy

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