The work is on the theme of reforms. After examining the notion of "reform", also comparing it with other similar experiences, the paper considers in particular the influence of com petition and spending review on the sector of public contracts. The work then goes on to examine the Luhmann idea of reform and the theme of administration as an obstacle, considering the cases in which the obstacle is the context in which the public body operates and the problem of "slack" administration. Finally, there is an analysis of possible remedies, also with reference to constitutional principles.
Keywords: Public administration, reforms, competition.