Between Continuity and Change in Italy’s Political Economy

  • Daniela Caterina
Part of the Contributions to Political Science book series (CPS)


As the first layer of the context analysis, this chapter investigates the nature and extent of basic dynamics in Italy’s post-war political economy in order to sketch out their far-reaching implications for the conflict over the 2012 labour market reform. The topic of continuity and change in Italy’s political economy is approached in terms of a progressive shift from the Keynesian welfare national state to the Schumpeterian workfare postnational regime. The analysis uncovers key long-term legacies for the observed conflict—first of all the evidence of an incomplete and anomalous shift from the Keynesian to the Schumpeterian dimension of economic reproduction against the background of a basic inability of the main political forces to reconstruct a dominant social bloc since the end of the 1980s.


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  • Daniela Caterina
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  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany

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