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North-South Dualism and the European Union. Where is the Italy System Headed?


  • Adriano Giannola


This article deal with the dualistic nature of the Italy System and its evolution from the 1950s to the present day, arguing that it went through a prolonged stage as essential leverage for the economy as a whole to achieve rapid development, and that as from the mid-1970s it progressively became a critical aspect, holding back the economy, seen as the cause of an unprecedented “northern problem” and general economic decline. The latter thesis is based on a dangerous financial illusion now leading to the launch of a reform going under the misnomer of “fiscal federalism”. Critical illustration is provided of the problems and prospects that this confused institutional evolution conjures up on the horizon.

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  • Adriano Giannola, 2009. "North-South Dualism and the European Union. Where is the Italy System Headed?," QA - Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, Associazione Rossi Doria, issue 1, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:rar:journl:0094

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    Regional Growth; Development and Changes; Regional Development Policy; Economic Development; Industrial Policy; South of Italy; Mezzogiorno;

    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • O25 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Industrial Policy


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