The Metropolitan Question in Italy

Rivista Italiana di Economia, Demografia e Statistica, Forthcoming

20 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2016

Date Written: November 29, 2016


The paper highlights some conceptual inaccuracies and explanatory failures that have marked the policy and scientific discourse that has consolidated in Italy around the ‘metropolitan question’ since the late 1980s. The shortcomings of this discourse have contributed greatly to delaying the metropolitanisation process – the critical importance of which is largely acknowledged in Europe They also explain the inadequacy of the normative framework recently introduced – i.e. law no. 56/2014 –, which continues to underestimate the institutional and political obstacles to a substantive metropolitanisation.

Keywords: Italy, Metropolitan Areas, Metropolitan Governance

JEL Classification: R1, R58

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Calafati, Antonio, The Metropolitan Question in Italy (November 29, 2016). Rivista Italiana di Economia, Demografia e Statistica, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: or
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