The Italian Economy

Vera Zamagni

Agenda Publishing

The Italian Economy

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Pub Date: July 2018

ISBN: 9781911116783

224 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $25.00

Pub Date: July 2018

ISBN: 9781911116776

224 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $80.00

The Italian Economy

Vera Zamagni

Agenda Publishing

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The legacies of two great civilizations—the Roman Empire and Renaissance city-states—are still apparent in today’s Italian economy in its internationalization, strong regional cultures, tourism, and arts industries. Less appreciated is the country’s status as continental Europe’s second-largest industrial power, notwithstanding the disproportionate significance of SMEs in Italy. Vera Zamagni’s survey of the Italian economy and its modern history outlines its unique shape and structure and how human factors explain its strengths in social networks, “niche capitalism,” and well-being indicators, as well as its weaknesses reflected in regional imbalances, political instability, and recently in banking.

Focusing on economic developments since 1945, Zamagni explains how the contemporary economy is the result of the contours of this longer history, of the country’s geography—low on natural resources but blessed with good weather and shipping opportunities—and more recent factors such as the country’s membership in the EU and the changing profile of Italian demography and the country's surprisingly measured response to the challenges of migration. Drawing upon both conventional and heterodox approaches, the book concludes with an assessment of the prospects for the Italian economy. The book provides a concise overview of value for students in politics, political economy, history, and economics and for professionals looking to understand the nature of recent Italian economic performance.

About the Author

Vera Zamagni is professor of economic history at the University of Bologna.