Donatella Casale's main research interests are in the fields of: general policy research,community planning policies, socio-demographic trends, nonprofit organisations,policy implementation, management and evaluation, local governance, local public sector reforms. A detailed account of her academic research is: public policy implementation; evaluation and management; nonprofit organisations, community planning policies, socio-demographic trends, local governance and local public sector reforms, organization, human resources, public and performance management.
She is currently working as a research fellow for an independent UK based policy research institute that regularly publishes authoritative demographic and statistical analyses and policy oriented reports commonly adopted to inform evidence-based policies at every level.
||Casale Mashiah, D. (2017). Italy: Post-NPM and Fragmentation. Assessing the Implementation of a One-Stop Shop for Business Reform Initiative in the Municipality of Siena. In Bjørnå, H., Leixnering, S., & Polzer, T. (Eds.) "Joined-up" Local Governments? Restructuring and Reorganizing Internal Management, 151-168. Vienna: Facultas.|
||This chapter is designed to examine the implementation of a Joined-Up Government (JUG) style reform initiative introducing one-stop shops for business at a local level of government in Italy, and focuses on the implementation of this initiative in the municipality of Siena. The chapter is based on data collected by means of semi-structured interviews. The findings allow concluding that the reform was introduced to boost a more integrated service delivery and established in response to the perceived fragmentation of public sector service delivery. In fact it was introduced with the purpose of identifying single interfaces between citizens and administrations for issuing business licenses and to increase vertical and horizontal coordination among the public entities involved in regulatory management. Notwithstanding, the interviews revealed that the initiative presented a piecemeal implementation at a local level due to organisational difficulties, slow adaptation to integrated IT systems and a managerial approach still insufficiently focused on business processes set off against the desired coordination and simplification efforts. From a more general perspective, along with some achievements, the barriers to an effective focus to coordination and service delivery are still embedded in the specification of Italian reforms, still afflicted by implementation gaps, heavy administrative burdens, resistance to change, a whole variety of wide-ranging and incoherent reforms, inconsistent political support, varied speed and degree of modernisation in different geographical areas and types of administrations, along with a lack of evaluation at a national level. |
||Casale Mashiah, Donatella, Boyd, Jonathan (2017). Synagogue Membership in the UK in 2016. London: Institute for Jewish Policy Research. |
||Synagogue membership data have been gathered and analysed consistently in the UK over several decades, and constitute the best measure of Jewish communal affiliation that exists, and are thus of particular interest to community leaders and planners.
The report, authored by JPR researchers Dr Donatella Casale Mashiah and Dr Jonathan Boyd, finds that despite the fact that there are now 454 synagogues in the UK – the largest number ever recorded – synagogue membership numbers have dropped below 80,000 households for the first time since records began. Indeed, there has been a 20% decline over a quarter of a century, and a 4% decline since the last such report was published in 2010.
||Proeller, I., Wenzel, A. K., Vogel, D., Mussari, R., Casale, D., Turc, E., & Guenoun, M. (2016) "Do They All Fail?: A Comparative Analysis of Performance-Related Pay Systems in Local Governments" Kuhlman, S., Bouckaert, G. (eds) Local Public Sector Reforms in Times of Crisis (pp. 139-152). Palgrave Macmillan UK. |
||This book chapter examines the introduction and implementation of performance-related pay (PRP) in the public sector, one of the main trends in public management reform in the last two decades. Focusing on the local government level in Germany, France, and Italy, the authors explore the why PRP systems have failed to manifest a core position within in performance-oriented reform agendas. Diffusion and implementation practices in the three countries show significant differences, which have led to significant heterogeneity to as well as variance in the implementation of PRP. The chapter is included in “Local Public Sector Reforms in Times of Crisis” Kuhlmann, Sabine, Bouckaert, Geert (Eds.). The book compares the trajectories and effects of local public sector reform in Europe and fills a research gap that has existed so far in comparative public administration and local government studies. Based on the results of COST research entitled, ‘Local Public Sector Reforms: an International Comparison’, this volume takes a European-scale approach, examining local government in 28 countries.|
||Casale, D. 2015. "How Does the Study of Subjective Well-Being became Significant for Economic Research and why it is Relevant for the Policy Studies?" The Journal of Young Economists, 1-19. |
||The economic science has often been defined as ‘dismal’. However, it witnessed the origin of a new branch right inside its discipline aimed at understanding the determinants of happiness, also known as subjective well-being (SWB), and thus to contribute to the improvement of such dimensions using its theoretical and methodological tools. This article aims at reviewing the contributions that have given rise to the study of happiness in economics by highlighting the discussion about the implications for policymaking and the analysis of the methodological instruments used to this purpuse. We found that the study of SWB in economics is significant in order to better understand the determinants of SWB and it presents opportunities also for the policy studies, especially for a better design and evaluation of public policies’ impact on social welfare.|
||Casale, D. 2013. "Finance and the Good Society [Review of the Book Finance and the Good Society by Robert J. Shiller, Princeton New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2012]." Financial Reporting (1):187-195. |
||The concept of common and greater good, with necessary distinction, is a powerfully and vehemently recurring issue in one of the New York Times' best-selling economists and Yale University Sterling Professor's latest book, Robert J. Shiller, entitled Finance and the Good Society. In his book Shiller defines finance as ‘the science of goal architecture’ , which is able to structure the economic arrangements needed to achieve a set of important goals for society; wielding the essential stewardship of the assets required for that achievement. The author reminds that the very meaning of the word finance derives from ‘finis’, the classical Latin term for ‘goal’. In this vision the goal matters, and for the author finance is exactly the means to achieve society's greater goals. |
Law and Policy
Social Policy SECONDARY
Comparative Public Policy PRIMARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation PRIMARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation SECONDARY
COMMUNITY PLANNING POLICIES