La Politica Economica dei Paesi in via di Sviluppo

  • Giovanni Andrea Cornia,
  • Simone Bertoli,
  • Luca Bortolotti,
  • Bruno Martorano,
  • Donato Romano,
  • Marco Sanfilippo,
  • Luca Tiberti,
  • Elisa Ticci,

This manual has been written to respond to the need of making available an exhaustive compilation in the Italian language of the main topics and problems of the political economy of development in poor countries. So far, a discussion of such topics in Italian has not been available. The drafting of this manual has benefitted from the teaching and research experience of several academics of the faculty of economics of the university of Florence. Part 1 focuses on key methodological approaches derived from the theory of collective choices. In turn, Part 2 discusses the orthodox and heterodox macroeconomic reforms applied in developing countries, and their problems. Part 3 illustrates the domestic policies that have been or should have been adopted in the field of food security, land reform, environmental sustainability, taxation, social spending, labor markets and population. Part 4 discusses then the domestic policy reforms in the field of international trade, foreign direct investments, capital flows and international migration. Last, Part 5 illustrates the historical experience of five policy regimes (i.e. the import substituting industrialization, redistributive approaches, the Asian Miracle, Washington Consensus, and Sustainable Development) that have been introduced in the non-socialist developing countries between the decolonization of the 1950s and the present time. The methodological approach followed in the manual starts from an evaluation of the real-life impact on growth, income distribution, the wellbeing of the population, and the environment of the policies adopted during each policy regime and in the main economic areas. Whenever the policy measures introduced in the past generated unsatisfactory results, the manual suggests possible alternatives inspired by the structuralist and Keynesian schools.

  • Keywords:
  • developing countries,
  • policy regimes,
  • structuralism,
  • sustainable development,
  • alternative approaches,
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Giovanni Andrea Cornia

University of Florence, Italy

Simone Bertoli

University of Clermont Auvergne, France - ORCID: 0000-0002-6512-0834

Luca Bortolotti

University of Turin, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0003-2632-6677

Bruno Martorano

University of Maastricht, Netherlands - ORCID: 0000-0001-9254-1418

Donato Romano

University of Florence, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0001-7120-8050

Marco Sanfilippo

University of Turin, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0001-8062-3352

Luca Tiberti

University of Florence, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0003-2305-6704

Elisa Ticci

University of Siena, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-3622-3447

Giovanni Andrea Cornia is Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Florence where he taught from 2000 to 2017. Prior to this, he was Director of UNU-WIDER in Helsinki, Chief Economist at the Unicef Headquarter in New York, Visiting Professor at the European University Institute and the Universities of Pavia and Clermont-Auvergne, and Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford. He was the first President of the Italian Society of Development Economics.

Simone Bertoli is Professor of Economics at CERDI, Université Clermont-Auvergne and CNRS- France, where he teaches since 2011, after completing several post-doctoral experiences at the IAB-Nurnberg (Germany) and the European University Institute. In 2007 he was awarded a PhD in development economics at the University of Florence.

Luca Bortolotti was awarded a PhD in development Economics by the joint doctoral program of the Universities of Trento and Florence. At the moment, he works for the Observatory on the Emerging Economies based in Turin.

Bruno Martorano was awarded in 2011 a PhD in development Economics at the University of Florence. Since 2017 he works as a Researcher at the UNU-MERIT and teaches public economics at the University of Maastricht. In the past he worked at the Center for Development and Cooperation of Zurich, the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton (UK) and the UNICEF Office of Research in Florence.

Donato Romano is Full Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Florence. He was Visiting Scholar at the Food Research Institute, Stanford University, and Professeur Visiteur at the Centre de Recherche en Économie du Développement of the University of Namur. He is the Coordinator of the PhD in development economics and local systems of the University of Florence.

Marco Sanfilippo was awarded in 2010 a PhD in development Economics at the University of Florence. He currently is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Turin and Research Affiliate of Collegio Carlo Alberto. In the past, he worked as a professor and researcher at the European University Institute and the Universities of Bari and Antwerp.

Luca Tiberti received a PhD in development Economics at the University of Florence in 2008. He has worked at UNICEF IRC between 2008 and 2010, and the Université Laval (Canada) since 2011 as a post-doc, researcher and, finally, professor. Since 2021 he teaches Political Economy of Development at the University of Florence. And since 2015, he is the Research Director of the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP).

Elisa Ticci is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Siena where she has been teaching since 2015. She was awarded a PhD in development economics at the University of Florence in 2007. She has worked as a researcher at the UNICEF Office of Research in Florence, the European University Institute and the World Bank.
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