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Profit and Non-profit Motives in the Public Banks of Naples: An Old Model in Modern Perspective

  • Adriano Giannola
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Abstract

From 1936 to the beginning of the 1990s, the Italian banking industry was mainly managed by the state or by local public institutions. After the Amato-Carli Law of 1990, the entire sector was rapidly privatized. The specific solution devised for privatization mirrors several features of the ancient model of the public banks of Naples that originated between the fifteenth and the sixteenth century. Most notably, not-for-profit institutions, namely the Banking Foundations, are now the main shareholders of the largest banks. This model reproduces the earlier relation between the Neapolitan charities (luoghi pii) and their offsprings, the commercial banks, and it also generates a similar stabilizing function.

Keywords

Mutualistic banks Cooperative banks For-profit banks Privatization Governance Italian banking system 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adriano Giannola
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  1. 1.Università di Napoli Federico IINaplesItaly

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