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Common welfare versus the spirit of private enterprise: the experience of Italian municipalization from 1880 to 1930


  • Piero Bini
  • Daniela Parisi


This paper investigates the Italian debate on municipalization between the 1880s and the 1920s and is divided into two parts. The first deals with the emergence of the municipalization in the late nineteenth century as a component in the birth of the Social State. The second part concerns the analytical tools elaborated by some leading Italian economists in the first three decades of the twentieth century, when municipalization was the expression of an entire lifecycle, with an early expanding stage (until World War I) and a later stage (under Fascism) of prevalent stagnation.

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  • Piero Bini & Daniela Parisi, 2010. "Common welfare versus the spirit of private enterprise: the experience of Italian municipalization from 1880 to 1930," The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(4), pages 933-956.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eujhet:v:17:y:2010:i:4:p:933-956
    DOI: 10.1080/09672560903552561

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    1. Italo MAGNANI, 2003. "Dibattito tra economisti italiani di fine Ottocento (D. PARISI)," Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Sociali, Vita e Pensiero, Pubblicazioni dell'Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, vol. 111(3), pages 448-451.
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