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.
Andrea Lorenzo Capussela analyses the latest developments of Italy’s political situation, arguing that while the new government might restore some stability, it is unlikely to tackle the real roots of the crisis, namely low growth, rising inequality, and political distrust
A second extract from Martin Sandbu’s book on the European Single Currency and the economic crisis. The Italian translation of the volume will be out soon for LUISS University Press