Brezzi, Monica, and Francesca Utili (2007). "Targeting Final Objectives of Public Service Provision to Expand Capabilities: a policy application in the South of Italy" Paper presented at the 4th annual conference of the HDCA, 18-20 September 2007, New York, USA.

The South of Italy still lags behind in providing access to such services as qualified education, child care and elderly assistance, provision of water supply and urban waste management. In an attempt to make development policy more effective, the current regional policy strategy addresses directly those essential issues by identifying specific policy indicators for each of them. The current experience is a remarkable innovation in Italian policy making for many aspects which are explored in the paper.