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Graduated cum laude in Political Sciences at the University of Florence (Italy), Faculty of Political Science “Cesare Alfieri”, Paola Caporossi made post graduate studies at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, N.J.) in 1990 and at the Institut des Ètudes Politiques (Paris, France) in 1992.

She also was Visiting Scholar at Columbia University (New York, Usa) in 1991 and she is member of the Italian Political Science Association.

She is the President of the Public Rating Agency: a non-profit organization for the measurement of transparency, integrity and performance in Public Administrations, e-government and smart cities, civic empowerment, and participation.

In 2008 she was one of the founders of Fondazione Etica (Milan, Italy), a recognized national foundation for innovation in the public system (evaluation of Public Administrations, prevention of corruption, and institutional reforms), for social innovation (social impact investing, social inclusion, and cohesion), and  for institutional modernization. She has the position of general director.

She also collaborates with:

Open Government Forum, Public Administration Ministry (Rome)

Italian Regional Governments

Italian Municipalities

European Foundation Centre (Bruxelles)

Social Impact Innovation Committee

Civic Group for the Improvement of the State (Rome)

In 2014 she was recognized by the Group of States against Corruption (Greco – European Council) for initiatives to prevent corruption.

She was vice-president of CER (Europa Research Center), an economic research center in Rome, from 2013 to 2016.

She was a researcher on Public Administration for several institutions:

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – CNR (Italian National Research Council), Rome (1990-91);

CENSIS (Studies Center of Social Investments), Rome (1988-89);

IRTSA (Research Institute on State and on Public Administration), Rome (1988-90);

AMELA (Mediterranean and Latin American Center of Research), Florence (1988-92);

Political Science Department, University of Florence (1988-89).

In 1990 she was a consultant for the Mission of the Holy See at the United Nations (UN), New York.

In 1998 she took part in a development cooperation project in Ecuador, with the support of the Foreign Affairs Italian Ministry (NGO Crocevia).

She was included in the experts’ list of the European Union (EU, Brussels, 1998-2000) for technical assistance and humanitarian aid projects to third countries. In 2007 she was selected by ODIHR (Warsaw) as observer for the mid-term campaign in the Usa.

She also is a corporate risk analyst and since 2008 to 2009 she was the secretary-general of the scientific committee of an Italian Banking Association (Brescia, Italy).

She is author of several articles on social and political issues for newspapers (for instance, Huffington Post) and also speaker in several conferences in Italy. She is the author of books:

Come rendere efficienti e trasparenti le Amministrazioni Pubbliche [How to make public administrations efficient and transparent], Paola Caporossi, Rubbettino Editore, 2017;

Il diritto dei cittadini a riusare spazi abbandonati – Esperienze di partecipazione attiva [The citizens’ right to riusare abandoned spaces – Experiences of active partecipation], Aa.Vv., Cittadinanzattiva Ed., 2016;

La riforma dei partiti politici. Perchè conviene una legge sui partiti [The reform of political parties], P. Caporossi, Ycp Ed., 2013;

Il Federalismo che già c’è. La politica letta nei bilanci dei Comuni [Federalism. How local governments spend public money], P. Caporossi and G. Gitti, Il Mulino Ed., 2011;

La comparsa. Perchè il Pd non è mai nato [Why the Democratic Party was never born], P. Caporossi, Pascale Ed., 2009;

Linguaggi nuovi del disagio sociale [New languages of social distress], Aa. Vv., F&F Ed., 2000.

She speaks Italian, English, Spanish and she studied French.

She was a promoter of the national committee “Save the Constitution” (Rome) in 2004 and also of the social association “The Other City” (Tuscany) in 1998.

She was appointed in the Restricted Committee that in 2007 wrote the rules for the birth of Democratic Party in Italy. In 2008 she was president of the Democratic National Forum for the ruling classes’ selection.

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