Italy Today: The Sick Man of Europe

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Andrea Mammone, Giuseppe A. Veltri
Taylor & Francis, Feb 15, 2010 - Political Science - 260 pages
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Italy Today represents one of the most comprehensive examinations of contemporary Italy. It is a provocative and an innovative collection that aims to highlight the current ‘crisis’ of the country through an analysis of several different ‘dark shadows’ of contemporary Italian society.

Italy already had a long history of ‘unsolved’ issues, several chronic problems and contradictions that have been ignored for a very long time, during which they have assumed dramatic proportions and gravity. The peninsula has now become the ‘Sick Man of Europe’, a country facing a veritable decline also caused by apparent incapacity and difficulties of the ruling economic, political and social elites.

Discussions include:

  • an evaluation of the current predicaments of the political system
  • analysis of emerging mafias, including new powerful crime organizations such as ‘Ndrangheta
  • issues surrounding the ongoing presence of Fascism
  • examination of the recent xenophobic tensions
  • discussion of problems associated with the missed opportunity of the EU funding, and the increasing regional economic gaps
  • outline of the systemic troubles of Italy’s economic and industrial system.

Written by leading experts in the field and covering a wide range of topics, this collection is essential reading for all those seeking to understand the issues and problems that are facing contemporary Italy.

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Andrea Mammone is a Lecturer in Modern History (post 1800) at Kingston University London. He has previously held visiting research and teaching positions at NYU Florence, State University of New York at Stony Brook (USA), and the Università di Siena (Italy). His articles on the extreme right, transnational history, and public memory have appeared in the journals Modern Italy, Contemporary European History, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Italia contemporanea, and The Italianist among others. He is currently finalizing a monograph on transnational neo-fascism across France and Italy (2010). He is also working on another monograph on the history of Italian neo-fascism (with S. Dechezelles and L. Guerrieri , Routledge Series on Extremism and Democracy), and co-editing two special editions of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies as well as two volumes on European right-wing extremism.

Giuseppe A. Veltri holds a Msc in Social Research Methods from the Methodology Institute of the London School of Economics (LSE) and a PhD in Social Psychology from the LSE. He is currently a scientific fellow at the European Commission JRC Institute for Perspective Technological Studies (IPTS). Before joining the IPTS, he has been a research associate at the Institut Jean Nicod (CNRS) in Paris. He has taught extensively in the fields of methodology of social research and social psychology. His research interests focus on public opinion research, social representations, behavioural economics and social psychology of economic life, and public understanding of science. He has published in journals such as Nature Materials and Public Understanding of Science.

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