Eco-Sustainable Metropolises: An Analysis of Budgetary Strategy in Italy’s Largest Municipalities

Carla Del Gesso


The sustainable urban development agenda calls for city governments worldwide to integrate sustainability goals into their budgetary processes. This article presents the findings of an analysis of the integration of urban environmental sustainability into the budgetary strategy of fourteen Italian metropolitan municipalities. Its purpose is to find out the extent to which they are committed to the promotion of environmentally sustainable cities. A documentary research of both strategic planning documents and municipal budgets was conducted. Correlation and linear regression techniques were used for a quantitative data analysis which indicated a strong positive linear relationship between the amount of resources invested in environmental sustainability and the total availability of budgetary resources. Furthermore, the study found that all Italian metropolitan municipalities are integrating urban environmental sustainability objectives and supporting resources into their budgetary strategy but to a different extent and with a focus on waste. Further efforts are needed for an effective full integration, which is an enduring challenge for local government managers.

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International Journal of Business Administration
ISSN 1923-4007(Print) ISSN 1923-4015(Online)


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