An analysis by Rosario Forlenza about how Catholic ideas have framed hermeneutics of democracy and political modernity in Italy
For a long time, Western Europe was a land of stability for parties and party systems. In the late 1960s, Lipset and Rokkan even qualified these party systems as ‘frozen’, in that the respective party landscape reflected a more or less unchanging environment over the previous 40 years. The last decade has shown a radically different story, with unparalleled changes occurring in different areas.
Smart objects (such as smart speakers or smartwatches) are spreading among consumers but not as fast as expected. Thinking of them as being similar to people, sometimes even with a negative social role to play, might also be a barrier to their consumption, says a forthcoming paper
According to Professor Italiano, the research project AHeAD is meant to produce new powerful algorithmic tools to handle massive network analytics. From supporting police in their investigation of criminal networks to fighting tax evasion, these algorithmic methodologies will make a social impact in several ways
“Digital ecosystems are highly interesting collaborative forms because they offer the actors who participate advantages that cannot be acquired by taking part in existing collaborative configurations, such as supply chains or networks”. An interview with Cristina Alaimo
While a few studies have demonstrated a positive attitude of customers toward AR advertising, sufficient empirical evidence proving the ability of AR to engage customers above and beyond traditional 2D advertising and the processes that underlie customers’ enhanced experience with AR is lacking. Obtaining this knowledge is very important as it would offer scientific support to companies’ growing interest to invest in AR.
It is assumed that citizens have diverse opinions, and it is parties that compete to represent them. Nonetheless, a recent line of research has highlighted how the opposite sometimes occurs: on many issues, especially the most complex, citizens often do not have clear opinions and then resort to political parties as heuristics, “cognitive shortcuts” i.e. guides to understand how one should think about a certain issue. An interview with Lorenzo De Sio.
An interview with Francesco Lippi about the study of the optimal lockdown policy for a planner who wants to control the fatalities of a pandemic while minimizing the output costs of the lockdown.
“Crime is perceived as a crucial social issue in most Western countries. Accordingly, there is a widespread belief that criminal justice policies have a significant impact on voting behavior”: Francesco Sobbrio talks about the political cost of being soft on crime and voters’ response to public policies
This interview with Daniele Gallo seeks to examine the relationship between EU law and the Italian legal order in light of the recent Italian Constitutional Court (ICC)’s jurisprudence attempting to redefine EU core principles.
“Business angels are individuals who evaluate, select and eventually finance innovative business projects that they believe are promising. Business angels networks are simply business angels associations, and the tool through which they organize themselves”. An interview with Paolo Giordani about the Financing innovation.
“The non-delegation doctrine is the theory according to which constitutional bodies cannot delegate their constitutionally protected powers to other bodies, abdicating their public function”. An interview with Marta Simoncini about the Erosion of the Meroni Doctrine: The Case of the European Aviation Safety Agency
Reshoring is the company decision to relocate activities back to the home country. An interview with Simona Romani about the effects that reshoring can have on the market, considering the consumers’ point of view.
“The main trait of the model is, perhaps, the ability to hold together cultures, minorities, laws that are so different from each other. Such a model enables the state to take into account the diversity in the representation processes without disregarding the existence of different systems and of strong minorities which are territorially localized, while also seeking to incorporate them into decision-making processes”. An interview with Cristina Fasone about the Canadian federalism as possible model for Europe
“The striking divergence of Southern Europe coincides with the diffusion of information technology (IT) in the mid-1990s, which was a major driver of productivity growth in the leading economies. In Southern Europe, this IT Revolution made relatively little headway”. Fabiano Schivardi and Tom Schmitz explain how in Southern Europe, this IT Revolution has been substantially lower than in other developed countries
“At the basis of the concept of “convergence” lies “electoral stability and instability”, which is manifested by the “electoral volatility” variable, a measure that quantifies the electoral change at an aggregate level, or the percentage of voters who have changed their vote between two subsequent elections.” Interview with Prof. Emanuele about the electoral instability
“What seems to emerge after the last political elections is that, with the increasing explosion of the use of web platforms and social media in recent years, these technologies continue to play an important role in mobilizing the political machine”. The interview with professor Francesco Sobbrio about how Internet changed political campaigning
“Organizations that have proven to be resilient are those in which people were most listened to, most able to propose proactive solutions, and less subjected to judgment even where the solutions they proposed did not turn out to be successful”. The Interview to Professor Luca Giustiniano about the importance of Organizational resilience.
What is the connection between nationalism and the promotion of a country’s cultural heritage? An interview with Mark Thatcher on the production of cultural nationalism.
An interview with Giovanni Piccirilli about the so-called “Taricco rule” and how it influence the complex relationship between Courts, and in particular, the complex course of the Italian Constitutional Court towards the European integration
An interview with Valentina Meliciani: how regulation and networking between researchers can be the main drivers of “environmental innovation”.
“The great challenge of the university thus concerns the impact it creates: to develop knowledge that has an impact on the life of organizations and stakeholders”. An interview with Enzo Peruffo
How to frame the digital transformation? What are the winning strategies? How to implement them effectively? Where to start? In a very open and collaborative spirit, 20 Italian Top Managers responsible for the digital transformation of their companies, have taken part to the Digital Advisory Board (DAB) to gain insights on the impact of digital technologies.
Plans by the Italian government for a deficit of 2.4 % instead of pursuing the adjustment path agreed with the EU have led to a sharp increase in the yields on Italian debt, with the yields on ten-year bonds rising above 3%. Italy seems to be only one step away from such an explosive feedback loop.
How is it possible that knowledge and understanding have become something to be weary of? Roberto Saviano interviewed at LUISS University Tom Nichols, author of the book “La conoscenza e i suoi nemici. L’era dell’incompetenza e i rischi per la democrazia”, LUISS University Press, 2018 (The Death of Expertise, Oxford University Press, 2017).
In his latest editorial for LUISS Open’s “A view from Brussels”, Daniel Gros analyses the effects of non-performing loans on the broader Italian credit and banking sector, with a specific reference to France and Germany, arguing that NPLs do not hamper the possibilities of economic growth
The time when Anglo-American media, with their unrivalled professionality and political strength, dominated the global media is almost over. Thanks to globalization and internet, Chinese, Russian, and Arab media can offer as well their alternative narrative (sometimes even regarding internal debates in the US and in the UK). An analysis by the economist Branko Milanovic
We interviewed Jeffrey Sachs on the occasion of the book launch of the Italian edition of his “Building the New American Economy”. He reflected on the state of the affairs of the American economy during the first year of Trump presidency, covering international political economy, trade policies and some good reasons to look forward to the future.
Professor Sachs is one of the world’s foremost development economists and his book “Building the new American economy” has just been translated in Italian. In this interview, he explains why Trump has been “much worse” than he imagined and how the new President is getting it wrong on international trade (although he is right in pointing to the uneven distributional effects of globalization)
On the occasion of Jeffrey Sachs’ participation in the meeting “Processo all’economia. Demografia, democrazia, mercati, felicità”, organized by LUISS, an extract from his latest book “Building the New American Economy”, with the Italian translation out soon for LUISS University Press. Despite some negative signs, Sachs argues that there is reason to be optimistic about the future
Ahead of the Italian elections, in a two-parts essay published on LUISS Open, Gianfranco Pellegrino poses some moral and political questions on voting: is voting worthwhile? Is it a duty that the State should eventually make compulsory? Is it permissible to trade votes? All the answers in our column Moral Sentiments
With elections only a couple of weeks ahead, the tendency to bash the euro (and Europe) seems to have greatly diminished among all parties. But not bashing the euro and its rules is not enough, says Daniel Gros
The changing of the geopolitical balance requires, according to Antonio Badini, a rethinking of the dynamics and institutions for the global governance. Closer Western cooperation with Russia and China could shape a safer world, making implausible a new conflict among major powers
A group of Chinese scientists has managed to successfully clone the first non-human primate. The production of two genetically identical macaques has revived the debate on cloning: between apocalyptic scenarios and ethical dilemmas, Gianfranco Pellegrino tries to clarify the issue and to erase unfounded concerns
The ever more complex relations in the international system have brought major changes in the balance of power, resulting in the need to rethink the relations between nation States as well as the politics of globalization
From state-owned enterprises to privatizations, from the internationalization of companies to the mistakes done by the banks. A contribution by Marcello Messori, Director of the Luiss School of European Political Economy, on the achievements and limits of a season that is still affecting the country
The current Pensions Act has the merit of putting a band-aid on social security expenditure. The system, however – as a result of the demographic revolution that has taken place since the 1970s – remains in itself unbalanced and disadvantageous for young people. The “youthquake” has moved away in Italy. An essay by professor Martone
LUISS Open further explores inequality, with a contribution by Andrea Brandolini, Romina Gambacorta e Alfonso Rosolia focused on the trends in Italian economy
The economic recovery seems to indicate a better future, but the perils of inequalities and populisms as well as the geo-political tensions (especially in the Middle East) still remain. A possible positive contribution may come from President Trump’s “grand bargain”
The last few days saw bitcoins reaching the record value of USD 11,000. Apart from this last peak, happening in a market that is proving quite volatile, currently between 9000 and 10000 US dollars are needed to buy a single unit of the most popular – not the only one – of all cryptocurrencies to enter a market worth roughly 170 billion dollars
Milanovic book shows that a new global middle class is gaining from globalization, along with a few super-rich ones, but the historic middle class is losing. Philosophy helps to understand these numbers and the western mood of us.
Concerns are spreading on the inherent merit of a growing interdependent world as economic unbalances and social inequalities are stirring a tangible popular anger. The hope is that by better opposing to a “strong powers” it would be easier to face the populist wave
Last week, LUISS University hosted the 5th Innovation in Information Infrastructures (III) workshop, focused on transformation in digital infrastructures. An interview with Panos Constantinides, Associate Professor in Information Systems at the Warwick Business School.
According to a widespread belief, banks buying bonds of their own government can have a positive impact on the market, especially in order to stabilize a crisis. Daniel Gros argues, on the contrary, that this is not the case
Platforms like Google, Amazon or Facebook seek to build up ecosystems of goods and services that close off competitors, turning themselves into monopolies. If they wish to remain competitive, they must intensify their extraction, analysis, and control of data – and they must invest in the fixed capital to do so.
Today, as Indian politics sees a rise in violence against religious, ethnic and other minorities, and the erosion of empathy as a public value, a return to Gandhi can help heal the deep divisions growing within the country. A recent Supreme Court judgment protecting the privacy of citizens gives a new lease of life to the Gandhian insistence on the sovereignty of the self.
On October 22, the Lombardy and Veneto Regions of Italy will vote to decide on the request for greater autonomy. Constitutionalist Valerio Onida, in an essay from an upcoming book, illustrates the genetic limitations and possible changes for the Italian Regions
Robots today represent a great opportunity for innovation and growth, but also a serious threat to all workers. But is it true that these machines and, more generally, systems with artificial intelligence will steal our place in the world? How will it happen? And what about the consequence on our society?
The Catalan referendum raises various issues about legality, democracy and self-determination. Many think that Catalans are entitled to independence, or to a greater autonomy, and the referendum was apparently aimed at eliciting a plebiscite on that
What does thinking mean? Can machines think, or is it something that only humans can do? In this extract from his book “Artificial Intelligence. What everybody needs to know”, Jerry Kaplan discusses questions that, starting from the technological progress, touch the meaning of our existence itself, but remain – perhaps for now – unanswered.
Paola Severino analyzes risks and opportunities in using digital divices and the Internet: from cyber attacks to the international prevention and control network with a particular focus on bitcoin and blockchain
A mysterious inventor, whose identity is unknown. A new currency, issued not from a sovereign state but from a computer network and not controlled by banks or governments. A very short introduction to the $ 65 billion’s electronic currency.
An analytical study by Silvio Martuccelli, Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Vittorio Occorso sheds light on all the legal aspects of mala gestio and management responsibility
In this excerpt from the book “Global Inequality. A new approach for the age of globalization”, Branko Milanovic analyzes workers conditions, education perspectives and the future of rich countries’ middle classes
Gianfranco Pellegrino is a researcher at LUISS’s Political Science Department. He deals with topics such as Global Justice, Political Philosophy and Political Theory
What pushes terrorists to strike? Do their homicides require courage to be accomplished, or is it not, rather, a case of cowardice? This examination by Alessandro Orsini reveals the driving forces behind the Italian extreme left terrorism
The strengths and difficulties of Italian tourism in the analysis of Carmela Decaro and Giovanni Piccirilli. This is an extract from the book Il turismo fra diritto internazionale, europeo e italiano (“Tourism in international, European and Italian law”), out soon for LUISS University Press
Migration flows have always been a habit for many populations throughout the history of the world. This subject is explored through an excerpt from Alfonso Giordano’s Population Movements (LUISS University Press).
The world is evolving and it seems that progress cannot be stopped. But is mankind able to keep the pace and adapt to the changes? Here is Leif Wenar’s view, taken from his recent book published by Oxford University Press. The Italian translation has been published by LUISS University Press
Whether the website that finds you a date or the robot that cuts your grass will do it the same way you do doesn’t matter. It will get the job done more quickly, accurately, and at a lower cost than you possibly can.
In this preview of the book “Global Inequality. A new approach for the age of globalization”, Branko Milanovic shows how the existence of the citizenship premium has important implications for migration
The refugee crisis poses a great problem to Italy and to Europe. In summertime it can get even worse. In his piece for LUISS Open, Daniel Gros proposes a common European solution to this issue
Antonio Badini, author of the book “Disordine mondiale” out now for LUISS University Press, discusses the role of Russia in the Middle East. Putin’s silence, as already happened before, preludes to his coming back as co-leader in the new configuration of the global geo-political order
In this column Gianfranco Pellegrino thinks about the deep origins of borders. They are part of nature or a convention? An idea, a value or an ideological dream?
The Director of the Italian Center for Electoral Studies at LUISS, Lorenzo De Sio, presents an analysis of the new strategic guidelines for leaders and parties, in a political landscape of big change
Alessandro Orsini spiega come funzionano le dinamiche del terrorismo sul web in questa intervista esclusiva per LUISS Open
Last May, the world champion of Go, Ke Jie, was defeated by a Google computer program called AlphaGo. Luigi Laura explains why the latest technological changes are the beginning of a new era
An extract from the book “Governare la giustizia. Formazione, monitoraggio, informazione” (“Governing Justice. Training, Monitoring, Informing”) by Daniela Piana, out on LUISS University Press
Antonio Badini’s editorial assesses the first months of Donald Trump’s presidency
The decision of the Court of Cassation on the compatibility of Toto Riina’s health with his own imprisonment has raised a heated debate. Gianfranco Pellegrino presents some reflections on the meaning of justice in an unjust world
An excerpt of the book “Islam, religion and politics by Francesca Corrao. A focus on the origin of ‘Islamic mediatization’: new medias, the relation with the West, and war strategies.
Trump, Paris and ‘climate change. The issue is economic and one of the solution could be a World Climate Bank
An exclusive for LUISS Open, the video interview to Roberto D’Alimonte on the recent developments of the Italian electoral law
John A. Mathews for Open tells how China is building a green power system and green industrial system that dwarfs that of any other country.
On the 25th anniversary of Giovanni Falcone’s death, Gianfranco Pellegrino discusses the influence of his philosophy on generations of Italians
In a preview of a soon-to-be-released publication, Michel Martone reflects on the concept of a basic income guarantee, a theme that is ever more central in political debates
In their new book, Raffaele Marchetti and Roberta Mulas discuss a pressing hot topic: how to counter the threats coming from the web
The denial of climate change is a fact and despite the disagreeing scientific production only accounting for 3% of the entire community, in recent years it has done wonders in winning over the public.
A new article by Michel Martone examines a tendency of the Italian labor market, causing employment for those over 50 to increase while that of the under 35 diminishes. The lack of promotion of generational turnover compromises the economic system’s ability to be competitive
Giuseppe Di Taranto offers arguments in support of the thesis that favoring legal and inclusive immigration would be as useful for migrants as for productivity and economic stability in the European Union
Paola Severino, Antonio Gullo and Cinzia Caporale offer, at the invitation of the Fondazione Veronesi, a rethinking of the penal sanction system
The world of finance is going through a period of change and taking a more ethical direction. Greater public awareness on issues of social responsibility and solidarity must in fact bring about the constructive adaptation of the financial sector
Valentina Meliciani and Roberta Radicchia investigate recruitment systems in the Italian labor market. Their findings demonstrate that too often, hiring in Italy occurs through “informal networks” that cause reduced mobility for workers and imbalance between education levels and jobs performed
A follow up to previous research in Sicily, this study focuses on Campania, particularly on the cities and provinces of Naples and Caserta and extortion by Camorra organizations
Leonardo Morlino and Mario Quaranta offer a methodical analysis on how the “quality of democracy” in Europe has changed as a result of economic crisis, by identifying three main deteriorations
Alessandro Orsini identifies the key element to understanding terrorist ideology and explains the process that transforms men and women into agents of terror
Michele Sorice, Luciano Fasano e Massimiliano Panarari face the transformation of the democratic system in relation to the innovations in the field of communication in their work “Mass media e sfera pubblica”