Will Italy ever recover?


Helmut Dr├╝ke

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PD, Dr. habil. rer. pol., born 1952; Senior Consultant at Capgemini Unternehmensberatung, private lecturer at the University of Leipzig.
Address: Capgemini Deutschland GmbH, Neues Kranzler Eck, Kurf├╝rstendamm 21, 10719 Berlin.
Email: [email protected]

Publications including: Italy. Economy-Society-Politics (basic knowledge of regional customers 4), Opladen 2000 (2); Selective performance amid government failure: the complexities of the Italian regionalism in innovation, in: Ulrich Hilpert (Ed.), Regionalization of Globalized Innovation, London-New York 2003.

In terms of its economic development, the G-7 country Italy currently brings up the rear in Europe. This is documented on the basis of the current structural as well as cyclical problems of the Italian economy.


The government under Silvio Berlusconi came into being in 2001 to "create order" in Italy's economy and state. The model is an understanding of the "rational" state, which - far from party quarrels and the "tumult of the street" - acts solely according to the principles of economic rationality and thus contributes to the modernization of Italy, which is overdue to prove itself in globalization.

Like no other government before, Berlusconi II [1] had time to put its ideas into practice, because this coalition has lasted longer than any previous one. What has happened in the economy and the state since then, and to what extent has Italy's basic problems such as the weakness in innovation, the unfavorable corporate structure, the backlog of the Mezzogiorno and the debt of the public budgets been resolved?

This post tries to find an answer to that. For this purpose, current economic policy concepts and measures are assessed against the background of analyzes of the basic structure of the Italian economy.