Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Accountability, Please

Basta! Parlamento pulito

I wrote a short piece on ethics and the decline of Italy. After describing a series of 'unethical' events in Italian public life, I argue that the emerging theme that is common to all those instances is that in Italy individual accountability is not practiced. I then propose to draft and debate a bill that mandates that the institutional profiles that are available from public institutions’ websites list all criminal convictions of all public officials who work there (members of the legislative, executive and judiciary branches). In that way, citizens will enjoy a better information basis to judge public officials.

My piece is available both in Italian and in English.