The Crisis of Liberal Italy

The Crisis of Liberal Italy

by Douglas J. Forsyth
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521416825

ISBN-13: 9780521416825

Pub. Date: 08/12/1993

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Professor Forsyth provides an important new interpretation of the crisis of democracy in Italy after World War I. He argues that liberal governments after 1918 failed to balance the conflicting claims of great power conflicts, social welfare, economic growth, and macroeconomic stability in a harsh economic environment. Post-war liberal leaders put stability ahead of…  See more details below

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Professor Forsyth provides an important new interpretation of the crisis of democracy in Italy after World War I. He argues that liberal governments after 1918 failed to balance the conflicting claims of great power conflicts, social welfare, economic growth, and macroeconomic stability in a harsh economic environment. Post-war liberal leaders put stability ahead of the redistributive social policies which would have been necessary to secure broad electoral support: this failure led to parliamentary deadlock and Mussolini's seizure of power.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521416825
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/12/1993
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. 1Giolittian Italy, 1901-191419
1The political economy of Giolittian Italy: the dilemmas of welfare, warfare, and development21
Pt. 2World War I, August 1914-November 191861
2The collapse of the Italian fiscal system69
3The limits of state borrowing capacity101
4Monetary policy and the banking system125
5International accounts: Italy's loss of financial independence149
Pt. 3The post-war crisis, November 1918-October 1922193
6A difficult readjustment: the political economy of the Orlando and Nitti governments, November 1918-June 1920195
7From Giolitti to Mussolini: monetary and financial stabilization, and political collapse236
Conclusion286
Appendix: Tables and figures295
Bibliography331
Index355

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