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About Mario Pianta

Mario Pianta is Professor of Economic Policy at Roma Tre University, and has been a fellow of the Centro Linceo Interdisciplinare of Accademia dei Lincei, the European University Institute and other international universities. He has worked on technology, employment, inequality, economic and industrial policy. He is active with the Italian civil society coalition on economic alternatives, Sbilanciamoci. His last book is Explaining inequality (Routledge).

Articles by Mario Pianta

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Lib-pop politics: Italy’s new government is more neoliberal than populist

The fear is that populism, Italian style, has achieved power. But neoliberal policies rule more than ever, tinged with populism, opening the way to Lega’s far-right, racist (and neoliberal) politics. 

Fear, loathing and poverty: Italy after the 2018 elections

Twenty years of stagnation and decline mean a generation with ever-lower expectations in terms of income, work and life. Impoverishment has become a reality for a very large swathe of Italians.

German offensive, Greek resistance

Europe needs Tsipras to pass the agreement in Parliament, where there is a no majority without the bulk of Syriza votes.

What happens after the Greek vote

If YES wins, Tsipras could lose everything; if NO wins Tsipras could gain nothing. But, in the longer term, YES would prolong the agony of the country, while NO would show that some democracy is left in Europe.

A turning point for Greece and Europe

There is still some space to avoid this worst-case scenario. And to listen to the reasons of Alexis Tsipras and of Greece - that are the reasons of democracy, in Athens as in Europe.

Bernard Maris, the fury of capitalism and the fury of terrorism

Have we been reduced to the 'clash of civilizations' where, in the name of security, a state of emergency forces all to close ranks in a staged, imaginary conflict where all possibility of dissent is erased? In memoriam.

Another road for Europe: appeal for the European elections, May 2014

Democracy is undermined at the national and has not developed at the European level. Is another road for Europe possible? Read in French; in Spanish.

The youngest face of Italy’s old politics: Enrico Letta’s “grand coalition”

Does Enrico Letta's newly formed government have what it takes to get Italy out of its dire situation, or is it nothing but a new layer of paint on the crumbling house of Italian politics?

Europe’s austerity, the beginning of the end?

Europe is increasingly unpopular, the recession hits the euro area and Angela Merkel is now facing a new populist party. So Brussels opens up to a timid change of season. But austerity has not yet been defeated politically, in elections and in the streets.

Italy, where nothing is where it should be

Without a government at Palazzo Chigi, Italy’s politics has been displaced. And as the “Offshore Leaks” scandal has revealed, the country’s economy has meanwhile moved to tax havens.

European economic forecasts: why do they get it wrong?

The European Central Bank's forecasts misread Europe’s economy three times out of four. And the European Commission, the OECD and the Bundesbank didn't do any better. What is wrong with the mainstream view of how the economy works?

The road for another Europe

A Brussels forum on June 28 seeks alternatives to the inaction of the European Council on Europe's recession and the restoration of democracy.

Nine out of ten: the losers of Italy's long crisis

Every ultra-rich person has the income of 100 poor people. But this is not Dickensian England or Depression-era America. It is the Italy of today. Halting the rise of the super-rich will be a crucial issue for the politics of the future.

European alternatives: trajectories of mobilisation responding to Europe’s crisis

The political culture that supported global and European civil society activism in the 1999-2007 period - challenging neoliberal economic and financial power in the form of governments, EU and global institutions – has appeared irrelevant at the very moment when it could have emerged as a credible alternative to the crisis of European economies and politics. A brief chronology and typology of European resistance so far.

The road to Europe: the making of the Union’s crisis

Yes, European leaders could all agree when it came to imposing austerity on Athens, Dublin, Lisbon and Rome, ‘reassuring’ financial markets, saving creditor banks, increasing countries’ financial burdens and putting public enterprises on the market at sale prices. But such policies make exiting the crisis impossible.
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