Remaking the Italian Economy: Policy Failures and Local Successes in the Contemporary Polity

Remaking the Italian Economy: Policy Failures and Local Successes in the Contemporary Polity

by Richard M. Locke
     
 

"Backward," "corrupt," and "clientelistic" are adjectives often used to describe Italy's political economy. In the late 1980s, however, Italy outperformed some neighbor states considered more efficient and stable. Richard M. Locke resolves the apparent contradiction between these contrasting views of Italy as he reconstructs the failures of state reform initiatives as…  See more details below

Overview

"Backward," "corrupt," and "clientelistic" are adjectives often used to describe Italy's political economy. In the late 1980s, however, Italy outperformed some neighbor states considered more efficient and stable. Richard M. Locke resolves the apparent contradiction between these contrasting views of Italy as he reconstructs the failures of state reform initiatives as well as the successes of industrial change in key sectors. In the process, he maps out a new micro-political approach to comparative political economy. Locke analyzes Italy's economy, not as a coherent national system, but as a composite of heterogeneous entrepreneurial patterns. The characteristics of these diverse local economies shape the strategic choices of economic actors, he maintains, and help explain how divergent patterns of dynamism and decline can coexist within the same country.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801428913
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Series:
7/21/1997
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.45(w) x 6.30(h) x (d)

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