Italy Report 2007

The 2007 Italy Report, now in its 19th edition, is made up of 1,300 pages, divided into six thematic sections, each of which is introduced by an essay on the theme identified and accompanied by sixty phenomenological fact sheets.

Each year, the publication of the Report provides an opportunity to reflect on the general trend and prospects of the Country, offering an original and independent snapshot of the complexity of the Italian system.

The themes identified and contained in the Report are:

DEMOCRACY AND INSTITUTIONS • ECONOMY AND WELFARE • JUSTICE AND SECURITY • KNOWLEDGE AND RATIONALITY • IMMIGRATION • CULTURE AND SOCIAL CHANGE

Index

GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS

Italy: from disappointment to intolerance

by Gian Maria Fara, President of Eurispes

DEMOCRACY and INSTITUTIONS

Democracy, twelve years lost

1: Citizens’ trust in the Institutions (survey)

  1. Security and trust in justice (survey)
  2. Italians and the Government’s fiscal policy: between scepticism and hope (survey)
  3. Between avoidance and evasion
  4. Social Networks
  5. Today’s lobbies: transparent persuaders?
  6. Centre-peripheries: a complex relationship
  7. Microcredit against new forms of poverty
  8. The growth of the Italian banking system: the processes of aggregation and multi-nationalisation
  9. The vote of Italians abroad

ECONOMY and WELFARE

The State and the economy

  1. Are we out of the tunnel? (survey)
  2. New prospects for the Italian industrial system
  3. The Italian economy and the question of the size of the entrepreneurial system
  4. Foreign direct investment and the country’s international competitiveness
  5. Consumer credit in Italy
  6. Towards the end of the cycle?
  7. Social policies in Italy, comparison with European countries
  8. The future of the Italian social security system
  9. The Third Sector
  10. Infrastructure and mobility

JUSTICE and SECURITY

Crimes and criminals of the new millennium

  1. Pardon: everyone is free
  2. The costs of justice
  3. The permeability of organised crime in the provinces of Southern Italy
  4. Environmental crime
  5. Unauthorised building and land protection
  6. Fraud in Italy
  7. Italians, gaming and gambling
  8. Minors at risk
  9. Exploitation and trafficking of minors
  10. Road safety, alcohol and psychotropic substances

KNOWLEDGE AND RATIONALITY

Technological society, information, training, democracy

  1. Genetically Modified Plants (GMP)
  2. University students’ opinion on climate change
  3. Underuse of cultural, professional and human capital
  4. The flight from science and scientific faculties
  5. Families and education: flows, costs and preferences
  6. Freedom of information in Italy
  7. Culture and entertainment: the institutional framework between centralism and devolution
  8. A rational approach to mobility in Italy
  9. Superstition, magic and Satanism, between ancient rites and modern fears
  10. Ufology

IMMIGRATION

Immigration in Italy and Europe between solidarity and conflict

  1. The balance of the presence of non-EU citizens
  2. School integration of foreign pupils
  3. Immigration: the country’s need, not an emergency
  4. The socio-housing emergency of immigrants
  5. The multi-ethnic city: an opportunity for overall urban reorganisation?
  6. Temporary Residence Centres
  7. A veil hangs over Europe…
  8. The second generation: young foreigners protagonists of new identities
  9. Emigrants and immigrants: history repeats itself
  10. Return migration

CULTURE and SOCIAL CHANGES

Motherhood and power

  1. Can Paradise wait? Italians and euthanasia (survey)
  2. Stem cells and assisted fertilisation
  3. Italian-style Pacs
  4. Parents today: profession or vocation?
  5. Mixed marriages
  6. And they can’t leave: becoming an adult in the age of flexibility
  7. An ageing and daring society: the old-young
  8. Generation C(ocaine): price falls, consumption rises
  9. Consumption in the low-cost society
  10. The cost of pets. Between pet family and dog generation


Introduzione

Democracy and Institutions • Economy and Welfare • Justice and Security • Knowledge and Rationality • Immigration • Culture and Social change

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