Italy today 2010. Social picture and trends
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pp. 256,      1a edizione  2011   (Codice editore 2000.1321)

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In breve
The CENSIS Report offers analyses and interpretations of the most significant socio-economic processes underway in Italy at this confused time, in which Italian society seems to be collapsing under the pressure of a disturbing proliferation of uncontrolled drives.
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The CENSIS Report, now in its 44th edition, offers analyses and interpretations of the most significant socio-economic processes underway in Italy at this confused time. In the opening chapter, under the title General Considerations, we try to show how Italian society seems to be collapsing under the pressure of a disturbing proliferation of uncontrolled drives. The country's collective unconscious seems to have become lawless and even desire is collapsing as Italians are increasingly losing faith in long-term processes and in the effectiveness of the ruling class. A comeback of desire, viewed as a civil virtue, is called for if Italian society, which has become 'flat' and surfeited at the same time, is to reactivate its dynamism.
The second chapter, Italian society in 2010, deals with some of the most interesting trends that emerged in the past year: the dangerous drift towards flattening; the proliferation of consumerism; the (virtuous or vicious) interplay of sub-systems; the fragmentation of power.
The third part of the Report is comprised of a number of chapters that offer detailed analyses of a few key dimensions of Italian society: education and training; the labor market; the public welfare and health system; territory and networks; the economic players; media and communications; the Public Administration; security and citizenry.

The slippery slope towards a "flat" society
(Italians have given up investing in work; The consequences of entrepreneurial de-specialization; No major changes in the way families invest their savings)
The proliferation of consumerism
(The deliberate promotion of consumption; The multiplication of unwanted expenditure; Excessive urbanization)
The virtues and dangers of sub-system networks
(Company networks gain strength; The welfare mix continues to change; The family: the unavoidable protagonist in school affairs; The black market drain on the Italian economy; The ingrained clusters of organized crime)
The fragmentation of power
(The pros and cons of a vertical political system; Decisions that turn out to be empty promises; Fiscal federalism: the challenge of devolved responsibilities)
III. Areas of social policy
Education and training
(Digit education: high expectations in hard times; The growing importance of financial support to schools by families and private individuals; Post-secondary and tertiary technical education: will this be our lucky day?; Challenges to relaunch the Italian University system; A slowdown in the increase of non-Italian students; Work-study training programs on the rise)
Employment, professions and representation
(The alarming situation of young workers; Year zero for bargaining; The Jigsaw puzzle of the service sector; The steadfast resistance of women; Occupational safety - a goal still unmet)
The welfare system
(The long-term impact of communication regarding health; The new frontiers of pharmaceutical consumption; Invisible disability; Voluntary work as a pillar of the community; Social protection measures and crisis, beyond effective short-term actions; Neither retired nor employed: older workers in a trap)
Territory and networks
(The unshakeable confidence of Italian households in real estate investment; The urban lever and the public-private tradeoff: the risks entailed in the real estate drift; How economically relevant public services get mired: the case of water; Why the energy sector plays such a central role in the country's economy; Business and employment opportunities stemming from the "green twist" of the economy)
Economic players of development
(Competitive de-industrialization needed to go beyond the current crisis; The inexhaustible protagonism of industrial districts; The metamorphosis of the third sector industries; Intermodal logistics needed to make Italy grow; For a new policy to support businesses and localisms; New consumption trends: end of a cycle or just a pause for reflection?)
IV. Means and procedures
Communication and media
(The future of the web, from transaction safety to the free download of content; Escaping the news: bad information flattens the audience; Reading in the future: will digital overtake paper?; Medical information runs more and more on the web; Social responsibilities of the media and the opaqueness of rules)
Public administration
(The apnea of public finance; Public Administration, a possible driving force for innovation; Universities push R&D towards businesses; Italians' fideistic Europeanism)
Security and citizenry
(Awaiting the Prisons Plan; The rise in contraband; Public and private services become integrated for the sake of security; A National Agency to return Mafia assets to the community; Knowledge of the Italian language: an obligation that requires further investment; Immigrants provide an opportunity to re-examine employnment services
Looking through figures
Societal self-awareness: from great goals to the emergence of spontaneous processes (1967-1971)
From the "submerged" to the "emerged" economy (1972-1977)
The pride of stability (1978-1981)
Difficult relations between society and institutions (1982-1983)
Consolidation and the need for maturity (1984-1987)
Beyond proliferation (1988-1992)
From revolutionary euphoria to an endless, wearisome transition (1993-1998)
Something is moving in the enduring static nature of Italy's atomized society (1999-2002)
From the search for new exit routes to the prospect of a neo-bourgeois recovery (2003-2006)
The "mush" society. Italy on its way to its second metamorphosis (2007-2008)
Censis: an observer on the watch
(What is Censis?).

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