Abstract: State and Economy in Italy before the Economic Miracle: Economic Policy and International Constraints from the Reconstruction through the Pre-Boom Years

Simone Selva


In this study, I examine upstate-market relationships throughout the formative pre-boom 1950s by drawing on government materials and parliamentary papers. I explore the making of industrial policy in this decade through two steps: an overview of industrial policy during the reconstruction period based on the most recent research on those years, and an in-depth analysis of the 1950s government intervention with a closer look at the making of the Ministry for state shareholdings and the reorganization of at-large state shareholdings through the Christian Democracy political debate. My aim is to highlight both continuity and change in industrial policy in light of politicians' consensus policies.

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