Italy Report 2010

The 2010 Italy Report, now in its 22nd edition, has been methodologically constructed around six dichotomies, illustrated through six essays accompanied by sixty phenomenological files. Thus, through a dual reading of reality, it addresses issues that the Institute considers representative, though not exhaustive, of Italy’s political, economic and social current affairs.
The thematic dichotomies identified for the Report are:


The survey conducted in this edition touched on 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, 1,191 citizens participated and contributed to outlining the framework of the orientations present in the structure of Italian society. Between 21 December 2009 and 11 January 2010, they answered the questions posed by Eurispes researchers throughout the Country.


GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS Italy between memory, conflict and project by Gian Maria Fara, President of Eurispes CHAPTER 1 – GROWTH/DECLINE Italy between change and resistance

  1. Italians and banks: an “expensive relationship” (survey)
  2. Consumption and daily budget (survey)
  3. Local public services: municipal capitalism and disappointing performance
  4. The Italian way to fiscal federalism
  5. Small financiers, involuntary and bankrupt
  6. Biological, solidarity, ethical, eco-sustainable: the future of the economy
  7. The other face of finance
  8. Simplification: a new way of setting up businesses

9: Cultural assets: money in the drawer or how available resources are not spent

  1. New technologies for culture

CHAPTER 2 – PUBLIC/PRIVATE The invisible hand of the public sector

  1. Citizens’ trust in institutions (survey)
  2. Services and inefficiencies in the Italy of privatisation (survey)
  3. Salaries and privileges
  4. The phenomenon of outsourcing in the Public Administration
  5. Privatisation: what results?
  6. Situation of Italian water resources, towards the privatisation of management
  7. Supplementary social security
  8. Enpam: from public to private, a virtuous transition
  9. The various forms of housing hardship in public and private housing
  10. Escape towards public schools


  1. Italians, good people? (survey)
  2. Mixed marriages. Guess who’s coming to dinner?
  3. Immigrants and undeclared work: the last of the last
  4. Once upon a time there was the Third Age
  5. The baby-losers, or rather the “losers”, all born after the 1960s
  6. Italy under eviction
  7. Living without a home
  8. 30 years of the Basaglia law: what has changed?
  9. Suicides “behind bars
  10. Homosexuals: the law is the same for everybody, but rights are not

CHAPTER 4 – RISK/SECURITY The insecurity produced

  1. Index of mafia penetration
  2. Made in Italy foodstuffs
  3. The new eating habits of Italians
  4. “From the fields to the dish”: food safety
  5. Beastly” entertainment: zoomafia and animal racketeering
  6. The social and economic cost of insecurity: focus on work, energy and IT
  7. Expenditure, deficit and indebtedness of the Italian health service
  8. Domestic accidents: the home and its dangers
  9. Unnatural” disasters: hydrogeological instability
  10. Biomass: an opportunity for the environment and the territory


  1. Actions and measures to fight tax evasion
  2. Young people and the will to start a business
  3. The fight against corruption: initiatives implemented by Parliament and the Government
  4. Drugs: the prêt a porter market. From retail to wholesale and now also on the Web
  5. At the bottom of the glass: alcoholism in Italy
  6. The protagonists of singleness: alone by choice or by combination of events?
  7. The urge to feel good: Italians and the world of fitness/welness
  8. Low cost solutions for “surviving” the crisis
  9. Friendships on the Net: the new “Socialists”
  10. Italy at stake

CHAPTER 6 – SPIRIT/MATERIAL Science, conscience and freedom

  1. Italians and the culture of health (survey)
  2. One step away from life, one step away from the afterlife. Italians and euthanasia
  3. Italians and faith (survey)
  4. The culture of gift
  5. Treating oneself with unconventional medicine
  6. Stem cells: use and scientific research
  7. Drugs for the therapy of mental disorders
  8. Sects and new religious movements
  9. Eye, evil eye… Magicians, astrologers and fortune-tellers in Italy
  10. Ufos among us


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Summary Document

Growth/Decline • Public/Private • Inclusion/Exclusion • Risk/Safety – Tradition/Trend • Spirit/Material

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