Italy Report 2008

The 2008 Italy Report, now in its 20th edition, is composed of approximately 1,200 pages and is divided into six thematic sections, each of which is introduced by an essay reflecting 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:



GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS A Government without a Country by Gian Maria Fara, President of Eurispes ECONOMY From Economy to Finance, between Calvino and Kant

  1. The underground economy: a necessary step to survive
  2. Families and the everyday economy (survey)
  3. The return to competitiveness
  4. Consumer credit
  5. Economic inequality: the hardship of the North
  6. The black year of structured finance
  7. The supplementary pensions market
  8. Inheritance and youth emancipation
  9. The real estate industry: the stability of the expansionary cycle
  10. Outsourcing in the public administration

WORK, SCHOOL AND TRAINING The market, work and the challenge of flexibility

  1. The dynamics of social mobility
  2. A load of families: hypotheses for applying the family quotient
  3. The “working poor” phenomenon: unstable balance between poverty and normality
  4. The more mature component of the labour force: first signs of a counter-trend
  5. Wear and tear, night work
  6. Can work kill?
  7. Training systems and characteristics in Italy
  8. E-learning: one, no one and a hundred thousand
  9. The school after the new technologies: how the role of the teacher changes
  10. The property market for students living away from home

LEGALITY Legality: a value that pays off

  1. Fear of crime: Italians’ sense of insecurity (survey)
  2. The permeability of organised crime in Southern Italy
  3. Criminal Italy: security in the cities, data and statistics
  4. Ecomafia and environmental crime: the activities of the Carabinieri Department for the Protection of the Environment
  5. The arms market: the Italian context
  6. The cost of security
  7. Crimes against the public administration
  8. The fake that attracts: the relationship between Italians and the fake “market”
  9. Immigration: a phenomenon chased and not governed. The case of the Roma
  10. Suicide: a merely private tragedy?


  1. Citizens’ trust in the institutions (survey)
  2. The costs of politics: let’s abolish the Provinces
  3. Public administration in Italy
  4. In search of the greatest possible competition: the role of the independent authorities
  5. Controls and controllers
  6. Freemasonry and its history
  7. “Less tax, more market”. Prospects for reform of the Italian tax system
  8. Think tanks in Italy
  9. From programming to delays in the use of European funding
  10. Absconding politics and active volunteering

ENVIRONMENT AND TERRITORY Democratic choice in the technological society: the question of information

  1. The level of information and the sensitivity of Italians on environmental issues (survey)
  2. The difficult relationship between the environment and the press: how does the Italian press deal with environmental issues?
  3. Raw materials and energy
  4. The burnt forest
  5. Availability and consumption of water in Italy
  6. Waste emergency in Italy: the Malagrotta case
  7. The “RomaperKyoto” project
  8. The transport system in Italy
  9. Motorways of the sea: the new transport frontier
  10. A journey through food in Italy


  1. Citizens and the media (survey)
  2. The business of communication between schools, masters and mistaken hopes. Schools of journalism
  3. GP: Grand prize for survival among precarious journalists
  4. Italy as seen by others
  5. The radio boom
  6. The eternal defendant: Italian television
  7. Online publishing, between community and citizen journalism
  8. Social Networks: a new place for relations
  9. The role of communication in the diffusion of renewable energy: the press and solar energy
  10. E-Vangelisation: Internet as the new frontier of Catholic communication


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Summary Document

Economy • Work, school, training • Legality • Politics and institutions • Environment and territory • Communication and information

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