Italy Report 2020

Six dichotomies to comprehend a changing Italy:




The 2020 Italy Report, now in its 32nd edition, has evolved into a valuable resource for academics, institutions, the information system, and international observers.

Each year, the Report is organised around six methodological dichotomies illustrated by six essays and sixty phenomenological pieces of research. Thus, it addresses issues that the Institute considers representative of Italy’s current political, economic, and social situation through a dual reading of reality.

The Report is supplemented by sample surveys that, in this year’s edition, have investigated some of the themes traditionally proposed by the Eurispes as well as others of recent interest: trust in institutions, opinion on some of the measures proposed or implemented by the Government, the economic situation of families and consumption, immigration and reception, cannabis legalisation, and the world of animals.

The Report also uses phenomenological files to address several other topical issues, such as, for example, farm labourers and trafficking in human beings, migratory phenomena, the innovative capacity of Italian products, sustainable fashion, technological developments in medicine and their impact on people’s health, agriculture 4. 0, craftsmanship, “shared” renewable energies, the phenomenon of usury, the digitalisation of the toy market, publishing, young people and music, climate change, communication through social networks, Italy-China investments, esports, and the issue of the south.

Two years ago, we entrusted the Report with the concept of RESPONSIBILITY, chosen as a “keyword” to emphasise, particularly in its absence, what we felt distinguished the country’s social, economic, political, and cultural trends. This concept is more relevant today than ever before.

Not only that, the concept of “responsibility” calls on every one of us. Everyone should feel compelled to take responsibility for themselves, their children, and the country.


General Considerations, by Gian Maria Fara, President of the Eurispes

A State to be ‘re-constituted’

More on State Institutions and Country

A praise of politics

A populism without solutions

Ethics and politics

The fear of the black man

Mezzogiorno: betrayed and misrepresented

North-South: let’s do the math again…

The republic founded on work: which, and whose?

A ‘re-constituent’ cure

Chapter 1 – Values/Behaviours

Between values and behaviours

  1. Institutions, confusion under the sky
  2. The Carabinieri, between profession and mission
  3. Citizens and taxes. A never solved combination
  4. The ethics of taxation
  5. Abuse of law and tax avoidance of large corporations
  6. Childhood obesity in Italy
  7. The eating style of vegetarians and vegans
  8. The evolution of digital technology in medicine and its impact on people’s health
  9. A life with apps: a snapshot of Italians’ digital habits
  10. Fashion renting and fashion sharing: fashion without waste

Chapter 2 Creation/Destruction

Creation Destruction. The unsustainable lightness of the economy

  1. Italians and environmental sensibilities: awareness and sustainability of lifestyles
  2. The growth of the green construction industry
  3. Agriculture and climate change. A new challenge
  4. Craft enterprises and the disappearance of small neighbourhood shops
  5. The fight against usury passes through inclusion. The role of microcredit
  6. Energy from renewable sources and energy sharing: environment preservation solutions
  7. The digitalisation of the toy market: from product to distribution
  8. A seven-pointed leaf: light cannabis between prohibition and liberalisation
  9. Climate change: if temperatures rise, GDP falls
  10. Italians and packaging: a preference for sustainable packaging

Capitolo 3 – Episteme/Doxa

Do we know that we don’t know?

  1. Media and information: what do Italians think?
  2. Education and schooling: parallel lines or synergistic union?
  3. L’antisemitismo. Un problema mai del tutto superato
  4. Young people and their idea of the future. An international comparison between Italy, Germany, Poland, Russia
  5. Music, Maestro, please!
  6. Artificial and emotional intelligence: knowledge, information and science
  7. The Italian publishing industry between large groups and independents
  8. Ethics on the label: conscious choices are a matter of transparency
  9. The success of ‘stories’: communication becomes narrative
  10. Personalised experience: consumers and the loss of privacy concerns

Capitolo 4 – Inequality/Inequity

Inequality-Inequity. A problem of institutional sustainability

  1. The economic condition of Italian families. Between signs of recovery and instability
  2. Household consumption
  3. Southern Italy’s delayed development and EU funds
  4. The Italian South among Europe’s peripheries: a study of the European Union’s cohesion policies
  5. The fiscal regime of the port of Trieste: an opportunity not to be missed
  6. Italian footwear industry: an asset to be preserved
  7. Diversity and Inclusion Management: social inclusion in Italian companies
  8. Parish youth club: a lively and constantly evolving reality
  9. Students with special educational needs (SEN): The Italian situation
  10. National Youth Agency: an experience of personal, human, social and professional growth

Chapter 5 – Freedom/Subjection

The freedom to be subjugated

  1. The power of fear: danger between appearance and reality
  2. The criminal process in Italy. Defendant forever
  3. The South, despite the fake news
  4. IRAP: a questionable tax measure to be revised
  5. CRIF: a system without control
  6. Vaping and heated tobacco: consumers’ opinion
  7. Esports towards the Olympics
  8. Social Innovation in Italy
  9. The fight against tax evasion and the reorganisation of tax agencies
  10. Revenge porn and non-consensual pornography

Chapter 6 – Hostis/Hospes

Us and them

  1. Migrants and asylum seekers in Italy between reception and social inclusion: an overall view
  2. Italian policies to exclude refugees and asylum seekers
  3. Migration: 2019 in the reflection of the mainstream media
  4. Migration: between integration and conflict
  5. The heart beyond the bars
  6. The unbreakable bond between Italians and animals
  7. The Italian Hindus
  8. Foreign Hindus in Italy
  9. Chinese tourists and tax-free shopping
  10. Italy-China Investments: fiscal aspects

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