Remaking the Italian Economy
Locke, Richard M. Remaking the Italian Economy. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995. Print.
Nominated for two American Political Science Association Book Awards: "The Best Book in Political Economy" Award and "The Gregory Luebbert Book" Award.
Choice Magazine "Outstanding Academic Book for 1995"
"Remaking the Italian Economy fills a void in the literature on comparative political economy. Relatively few American scholars I recent years have sought to deal with Italian economic successes and failures and business-government relations in systematic fashion. They have tended instead to examine the structural factors behind industry success in given regions, while ignoring institutional and political contexts. Locke demonstrates that industry success or failure also depends on the particular patterns of sociopolitical relationships within regions… [He] provides original empirical studies of the local vitality, flexibility, efficiency, and cooperation of Italian business, government and labor." – Comparative Politics
"This book deserves to be widely read… [Locke's] research has produced a study of the ‘micropolitics' of economic development that is both theoretically sophisticated and at the same time highly descriptive of what one actually sees and hears in Italy today… An interesting and original examination of Italy's political economy as well as a contribution to our general understanding of the political economy of economic development." – Choice Magazine
"With this book, an important new voice enters the comparative political economy debate. A 'must-read' for specialists on Italy, this book is also a 'should-read' for economic policymakers in America, as well as students of political economy everywhere." – Robert D. Putnam, Harvard University
"a brilliant and empirically grounded analysis of the recent success and failure of the Italian economy, as well as an important contribution to current debates in political economy." – Marino Regini, University of Trento