Within the framework of a comparative analysis of in-work poverty, the Italian case can be of interest not only as a classic example of a Southern European welfare regime, but also because of its high level of internal heterogeneity. Southern Italy – also called the Mezzogiorno – experiences incidences of poverty and in-work poverty that are much higher than those in the Northern and Central regions of Italy. Such a difference is an unavoidable point of departure which has already been highlighted by many scholars and can be a useful analytical tool for better grasping the Italian experience. This is the intention of this chapter, and one that is rhetorically expressed in the title. In other words, we want to study how it is possible – within one historical and political unit – that social and economic processes can diverge so dramatically. The chapter is composed of six sections. Following this introduction, the second section presents the Italian welfare regime in its historical perspective, while the third section treats the different elements of this welfare regime (work, welfare, and family) analytically. On this basis, the fourth section develops some working hypotheses that are then compared with the empirical analysis and findings of the fifth section. In the last section, we attempt to sum up our findings in a comprehensive picture of in-work poverty problems as they relate to the Italian case. Reviews: * ZOË IRVING (2010). Journal of Social Policy, 39 , pp 170-172 doi:10.1017/S0047279409990316 * Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 2010; 39; 100; DOI: 10.1177/0094306109356662a * Massimo Baldini in POLIS, XXIII, 3, dicembre 2009, pp. 505-535.
|Titolo:||Two countries in one : the working poor in Italy|
BIOLCATI RINALDI, FERRUCCIO (Primo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore SPS/07 - Sociologia Generale|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Tipologia:||Book Part (author)|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||03 - Contributo in volume|