Introduction: the 80s’ Dream, the 90s’ Nightmare
During the past decades, the “Italian case” has often been the subject of attentive analyses that attempt to understand the functioning of an economic system that is, to say the least, “strange”. It is strange above all to the eyes of foreign observers who are continually divided between opinions and forecasts of inevitable crises and decline, and then admiration and congratulations for unexpected and surprising successes. But in order to understand the phenomenon of Italy, one has to renounce ex-ante extreme, one-way evaluations. That is to say, one should not just scan the cover and the contents page, but one should carefully leaf through the pages that document Italy’s complex, articulated and often contradictory evolution.
KeywordsMonetary Policy Public Debt European Monetary Union Italian Economy Fiscal Revenue
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