Innovation in Public Administration
Whatever you are going to do, the State will be there and you can make the State a better place.
Last week Alta Scuola Politecnica opened its 12th Cycle. The full video of the lecture “From law-making to policy-design” is available here:
I stressed the idea that quality of democracy depends on quality of laws, consequently ambiguity arises when laws reflect compromises.
The presentation focues on the two main policies I worked on, by analyzing them in depth:
Therefore I proposed few key rules aimed at re-engineering democracy:
1. focus on ex post, stimulate engagement in the implementation phase, not just during the drafting phase;
2. build up an alliance with the best public officials around, and challenge them openly;
3. invest in training programs for public officials, attracting human capital;
4. develop a “narrative” in public policies: citizens must be brought up, trained, driven towards new collective behaviours;
5. do not contradict the method/process, “be consistent otherwise people will not trust you!” + “there’s no way back!”.
What is Alta Scuola Politecnica?
In 2004, the Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino founded the Alta Scuola Politecnica (ASP), designed for 150 young and exceptionally talented students, selected solely on the basis of merit, among the applicants to the Laurea Magistrale programmes in Engineering, Architecture and Design at the two universities. These students follow a curriculum additional to their degree programmes, in English, based on ad-hoc courses and the development of multidisciplinary projects. The mission of ASP is to provide society with high-profile graduates combining in-depth (vertical) disciplinary knowledge from their Master of Science with interdisciplinary (horizontal) skills that are needed to work in a truly multidisciplinary environment.