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THE SOUTH, THE STATE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: REMARKS ON PIERO BEVILACQUA'S ‘OLD AND NEW IN THE SOUTHERN QUESTION’

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I am taking the opportunity created by the recent introduction of a section entitled ‘Contexts and Debates’ to put forward some considerations regarding Bevilacqua's contribution on the southern question, which appeared in the last number of this journal. By doing so, I hope to promote a stimulating debate on the South of Italy today and on the way forward for reversing the current process of de-industrialization in the region and the widening gap between the South and the rest of the country. Ideally, the debate should encourage different points of view and interpretations without reopening old wounds or leading to entrenched positions.

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1 Bevilacqua Piero, ‘New and Old in the Southern Question’, Modern Italy, 1, 2, Autumn 1996, pp. 8192.

2 Ibid., p. 87.

3 Bonelli Franco, ‘Il capitalismo italiano. Linee generali di interpretazione’, in Storia d'Italia, Annali, 1, Dal feudalismo al capitalismo , Einaudi, Turin, 1978.

4 These are too numerous to list. Among them are: Bagnasco Arnaldo, Tre Italie La problematica territoriale dello sviluppo italiano, Il Mulino, Bologna, 1977; Trigilia Carlo, Grandi partiti e piccole imprese. Comunisti e democristiani nelle regioni a economia diffusa, Il Mulino, Bologna, 1986; Becattini Giacomo (ed.), Mercato e forze locali: il distretto industriale, Il Mulino, Bologna, 1987; Nanetti Raffaella, Growth and Territorial policies: The Italian Model of Social Capitalism, Pinter, London and New York, 1988; Lanaro Silvio, ‘Il Veneto: Genealogia di un modello’, in Storia d'Italia. Le Regioni dall'Unità a oggi. Il Veneto, Einaudi, Turin, 1984; Bull Anna and Corner Paul, From Peasant to Entrepreneur. The Survival of the Family Economy in Italy, Berg, Oxford, 1993.

5 See especially Jadeluca Paola, ‘L'industria riemerge a Mezzogiorno’, La Repubblica Affari e Finanza, 10 June 1996, pp. 23; Carli Stefano, ‘Mezzogiorno, una grande impresa per piccole aziende’, and Meldolesi Luca, ‘Lo sviluppo e la “croce” del Sud’, both in La Repubblica Affari e Finanza, 24 June 1996, pp. 8–9; other articles appeared in La Repubblica Affari e Finanza, 18 and 28 October and 4 November 1996.

6 Bagnasco Arnaldo, La costruzione sociale del mercato. Studi sullo sviluppo della piccola impresa in Italia, Il Mulino, Bologna, 1988.

7 Ibid., p. 181.

8 Bevilacqua , ‘Old and New’, p. 91.

9 Davis John A., ‘Changing Perspectives on Italy's “Southern Problem’”, in Levy Carl (ed.), Italian Regionalism. History, Identity and Politics, Berg, Oxford and Washington, 1996.

10 Lonardi Giorgio, ‘Lecce per il lavoro patto tra 470 aziende. Partecipano anche enti e sindacati’, La Repubblica, 26 November 1996, p. 30.

11 Lupoli Angelo, ‘Una “mediobanca” per le minigalassie del Sud Est’, La Repubblica Affari e Finanza, 24 June 1996, p. 8.

12 Bevilacqua , ‘Old and New’, p. 90.

13 Davis , ‘Changing Perspectives’, pp. 61–2.

14 Underhill Geoffrey R. D., 'Conceptualizing the Changing Global Order, in Stubbs Richard and Underhill Geoffrey R.D. (eds), Political Economy and the Changing Global Order, Macmillan, Basingstoke and London, 1994, p. 36.

15 Cox Robert W., ‘Global Restructuring: Making Sense of the Changing International Political Economy’, in Stubbs and Underhill , Political Economy and the Changing Global Order, p. 49.

16 Held David, Democracy and the Global Order: From the Modern State to Cosmopolitan Governance, Polity Press, Oxford, 1995, p. 133.

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