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Italy’s political transition is usually analysed in terms of changes in the political parties and the relations between them. But not only parties but also public policies and, even more so, the paradigms of economic and constitutional policy have changed. Thi is why it is worth analysing the world of the players, such as think tanks, which produce knowledge for public policies. This essay provides data about Italian research establishment and frames their role in the political transition as components of broader advocacy coalitions. The main conclusion is that research establishment have played a role as policy forums in public finance, helping to generate a shared paradigm of financial rigour and acceptance of European constraints.