The Italian model of ‘public debate’

It is very complex to manage dissent when government establishes the localization of major or noxious facilities. On one hand, public participation in decisions affecting citizens is consistent with the democratic model; on the other hand, administrative decisions require some level of technical understanding. It should be useful to examine the reform linked to the introduction of ‘public debate’, based on the French model, for the localization of major infrastructures in Italy. It could be a useful mechanism to prevent local opposition, but it may pose some risks for the efficiency of the public administrations.