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I have recnetly been reading the author Tim Parks experiences in Italy, Italian Neighbours. Across several chapters he details the cloying protectionism and petty corruptions that paralyse italian transactions.

He finds it amusing in the small scale, but I couldn't help but wonder how all of these little impediments add up to a society that is completely gummed up.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 07:22:19 AM EST
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My impression is that Italy is gravely hampered not only by big-time corruption with its trickle down effects but the utter lack of responsability. I say responsability in its narrow meaning of being held to account for one's actions. The political class is largely immune from any sort of judiciary action thanks to their own laws. The consequences one must face for corruption in Italy are ridiculous. There would never be a Bernard Tapie in jail or Visco case in Italy.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 08:58:33 AM EST
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