After the Three Italies develops a new political ecomy approach to the analysis of comparative regional development and the territorial division of labour and exemplifies it through an up-to-date account of Italian industrial change and regional ecomic performance. It responds to recent theoretical debates in ecomic geography, involving ecomists, geographers and planners. It builds the foundations for a new theoretical approach to regional ecomic development and the territorial division of labour.It draws on the results of a recent ESRC funded research project, as well as on a large range of official data sets. It provides an up-to-date picture of Italy's ecomic performance and of its recent development relative to other European countries and the rest of the world. It analyses Italy's internal differentiation and its persistent regional inequalities. It examines the regional impact of the recent evolution of the car, chemicals, steel and clothing industries. It leads to a new and more complex picture of Italian development.
Michael Dunford is Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Sussex. In 2000 he was elected member of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences (AcSS). In 1996-2002 he was Editor of Regional Studies. In 2003 he received the Royal Geographical Society Edward Heath Award for geographical research in Europe. He has held Visiting Professorships at the universities of Pavia, Toulouse, Paris I: Pantheon-Sorbonne, Campinas in Brazil, Oslo and Sciences-Po in Paris. His previous publications include Cities and Regions in the New Europe (1992) and Successful European Regions: Northern Ireland Learning from Others (1996). Lidia Greco is Lecturer in the Sociology of Economics and Labour Processes at the University of Bari, Italy. She previously worked at Trinity College, Dublin, where she carried out two EU-funded research projects. As a consultant, Lidia has worked for the University of Durham and the Sussex European Institute, and more recently for the European Union. She is the author of Industrial Redundancies: A Comparative Analysis of the Chemical and Clothing Industries in the UK and Italy (2002) and co-author of Building the European Research Area: European Socio-Economic Research in Practice (forthcoming).