Garh, Guido
July 1976
Foreign Affairs;Jul1976, Vol. 54 Issue 4, p708
Italy is in the midst of what is commonly known as a "phase of transition," a phase characterized by acute political crisis and aggravated, in the present case, by a state of grave economic and social crisis. The gap existing between the accelerating political, economic and social crises and the ability of political processes at the national level to provide a positive solution further accentuates the uncertainties and difficulties of the present moment in Italian affairs. In the seventies the structural weaknesses of the economy have been accentuated and the risk of social and political regression has increased. If Italy's malaise is deeper than elsewhere, it is because of the vulnerability of its economic structure and the fragility of its democracy; and perhaps most of all, to a lack of interest in minor or medium-sized reforms. Italy's political, social, administrative and economic crises are intertwined in a veritable Gordian knot whose unraveling will require much dedication and much time and a broader political consensus.


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