Italy Report 2009

The 2009 Italy Report, now in its 21st edition, has a total of about 1,100 pages and is divided into 10 thematic sections, developed through 100 phenomenological factsheets that address the country’s most topical issues.

Every 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 issues identified and contained in the Report are:


The survey covered the issues and phenomena related to each of the sections that make up the Report, which have stimulated debate and public interest in recent months and beyond. In particular, 1,118 citizens participated and contributed to outlining the framework of the orientations present in the structure of our society. Between 29 December 2008 and 12 January 2009, they answered the questions posed by Eurispes researchers throughout the territory.



GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS by Gian Maria Fara, President of Eurispes A Country ahead of its government CHAPTER 1. INSTITUTIONS

  1. Citizens’ trust in Institutions (survey)
  2. Public expenditure by the Regions
  3. Public expenditure by the Provinces
  4. Public Expenditure by Municipalities
  5. Studies, consultancies and surveys in the Public Administration
  6. The new challenges awaiting the Trade Union
  7. The notary system: a guarantee function
  8. Right to be alone: an authority to protect privacy
  9. The obolus of the faithful: tax income to charity
  10. Europe. Budget analysis and reconnaissance of European tenders


  1. Between credit and hope (survey)
  2. Between dreams and needs: new poverty and consumption in times of crisis
  3. Luxury: between status symbol and long-term investment
  4. Ants or grasshoppers? Italians’ failure to save
  5. Payment and credit cards
  6. Towards new horizons: internationalising to remain competitive
  7. Access to credit, a business for businesses
  8. The tourism industry: between crisis and emerging trends
  9. What happened to the “vucumprà”? – The new immigrant entrepreneurs
  10. Depressed areas and agricultural entrepreneurs


  1. If I could have… (survey)
  2. Labour market: what prospects?
  3. The challenges of flexibility: which labour policies?
  4. Blocked (social) lifts and meritocracy
  5. The “salary question” in Italy
  6. Reform of the contractual model: chronicle of a difficult year
  7. Reforming work in the public administration
  8. Rules and avoidance: black and grey work
  9. Child labour and “open” issues
  10. Accidents and deaths: the other side of work


  1. Infrastructure and the country system: Italians’ opinion (survey)
  2. Mobility Quality Index of Italian Provinces
  3. Italy and the motorway network: a delay to overcome
  4. How far to go: zero tolerance to combat road accidents
  5. A shared strategic plan for the maritime transport system: a need that can no longer be postponed
  6. Air transport
  7. Rail transport: tracks for modernisation?
  8. Inter-modality as a key to the development of freight transport: the Italian freight village system
  9. The European context of freight transport: policies, dimensions of the phenomenon, perspectives
  10. Telecommunications in Italy: innovate to compete


  1. Justice on trial: the opinion of Italians (survey)
  2. Analysis of expenditure on justice
  3. Justice time in Italy
  4. When justice leaves something to be desired
  5. Trials in Italy: the accused can wait
  6. Civil, an infinite justice
  7. A new role for administrative justice
  8. Labour justice
  9. Juvenile justice in Italy
  10. The parallel world: prison and its “inhabitants”


  1. Italians’ sense of (in)security (survey)
  2. Expenditure on security (public and private)
  3. Mafia SpA
  4. Homicides
  5. Usury: credit that consumes
  6. Receiving stolen goods, money laundering and use of money
  7. Theft, robbery and extortion
  8. Computer crime
  9. Counterfeiting of trademarks and violation of intellectual property rights
  10. Fires and public order


  1. Hot autumn at school: the reform as seen by the Italians (survey)
  2. The Italian school in the European perspective
  3. Reforms and trends in the university system
  4. Continuing training: the transmission of knowledge
  5. The Erasmus people. Study experiences abroad
  6. On-line universities, between growth and uncertainties
  7. The market for education support systems
  8. Italians and knowledge of foreign languages
  9. Thrift for strength, culture for passion
  10. Fus: history and evolution of the Fund to support the world of entertainment


  1. Old and new media: the opinion of Italians (survey)
  2. The phenomenon of online social networks: from social networks to professional networks
  3. The territories of socialisation on the Internet, between opportunities and risks
  4. Child pornography online
  5. The fabulous world of the e-newspaper
  6. Media and digital technologies: how, where and when?
  7. Radio “free everyone”
  8. The free press in Italy
  9. Prison and journalism: a possible combination?
  10. The music market between old “motifs” and new trends


  1. Nuclear? Again… No, thanks (Survey)
  2. Post-Kyoto and the era of green nuclear power
  3. Taranto: a national emergency
  4. Dams and the problem of leakage
  5. Desertification. Also an Italian problem
  6. Forest fires
  7. Ecolabel: a flower for quality
  8. Animals: a “crackdown” on life too?
  9. Noise pollution and its effects on human health
  10. Environmental professions

CHAPTER 10. HABITS AND SOCIETY Fact  91. Homosexuals: children of a lesser God? (Survey)

  1. Italian population: demographic decline?
  2. The world of young people
  3. The world of the elderly
  4. “Pink” work: current problems and future prospects
  5. The not-too-desperate housewife population
  6. The Italian way to an intercultural school and the integration of immigrant pupils
  7. Nonconformists by “nature”… also at work: the differently-abled
  8. Religious minorities
  9. Games: from the underground to the industry


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Institutions • Economy • Work • Infrastructure • Justice • Security • Knowledge • Communication • Environment • Habits and Society

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