The Politics of Structural Reforms

The Politics of Structural Reforms

Social and Industrial Policy Change in Italy and Japan

Edited by Hideko Magara and Stefano Sacchi

For countries undertaking economic or political reform the case of Italy and Japan is both highly instructive and sobering. The Politics of Structural Reforms reveals what Italy and Japan gained and lost through a series of social and industrial reforms in the 1990s and 2000s, and why the changes they made in their policies have had little impact in softening the recent economic crisis.

Chapter 7: Labour market and inequality trends in Italy

Daniele Checchi

Subjects: economics and finance, political economy, politics and public policy, political economy, social policy and sociology, comparative social policy, labour policy


In the present chapter, we provide a brief overview of the most relevant changes that have occurred in the Italian labour market in recent years. After reviewing what can, rightly or wrongly, be considered an economic miracle, we show that signs of fragility were already detectable early on, and the crisis that began in 2008 just made them evident to the general public. Thus, Italy maintains its upward trend in income inequality, which has not been reversed by the employment ‘bubble’. Among the potential structural reasons for this inequality, we indicate the decline in unionization, which goes hand in hand with a decline in labour share.

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