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Law and Institutions: two reasons for Sicilian backwardness?

By Andrea Consoli and Salvatore Spagano


Many reasons for the low level of local development in Sicily have been advanced through the years, often connected to historical and geographical explanations. More frequently the reasons of the backwardness (better low rate of development) is connected to high level of crime and of mafia phenomenon, or to structural grounds (first of all, Sicily is an island) and intra regional markets’ dimensions. Little space, instead, has been devoted to institutions and law and to the effectiveness of legislative self-government. In ours paper we will slight the constitutional profile trying, instead, to answer, with the typical approach of the economic analysis if is it possible that some reasons of the backwardness of Sicilian economic development are hidden just in this constitutional diversity of Sicily.

Topics: H77 - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism; Secession, H11 - Structure, Scope, and Performance of Government
Year: 2008
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