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Chi ha fermato Torino?: Una metafora per…

Chi ha fermato Torino?: Una metafora per l'Italia (Vele) (edition 2020)

by Angelo Pichierri (Autore), Giuseppe Berta (Autore), Arnaldo Bagnasco (Autore)

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Title:Chi ha fermato Torino?: Una metafora per l'Italia (Vele)
Authors:Angelo Pichierri (Autore)
Other authors:Giuseppe Berta (Autore), Arnaldo Bagnasco (Autore)
Info:EINAUDI (2020), 144 pages
Collections:Games and Simulation and related, Italy and Europe, NextPolitics, Reviewed, Your library

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Chi ha fermato Torino?: Una metafora per l'Italia (Vele) by Angelo Pichierri

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Interesting short book, that actually links with other books (e.g. see this review that lists some of them, both on Turin and overall on Italy https://www.librarything.com/review/108887874)

I think that most of the discussions within this book would actually benefit from reading Belligni&Ravazzi "La politica e la città. Regime urbano e classe dirigente a Torino" http://www.librarything.com/work/14450207/book/103619255

The key issue that transpires across the book is the one of "governance": past governance when resources where available, and the issue was allocation, and now that competing initiatives inject "seed" resources, but then all look at the same sources to obtain the balance needed to deliver.

As one the authors says: "Recentemente si vanno moltiplicando [NDR gli annunci] in qualche modo riconducibili all'agenda politecnica, con un'ottica marcatamente industriale e con l'innovazione come parola chiave; gli annunci prevalgono sulle realizzazioni, o meglio sugli inizi di realizzazione."

Three main sections from three slightly different perspectives on how and why Turin declined faster than other areas.

The authors state immediately that they are not offering solutions for the future (also because right now there are plenty of uncoordinated initiatives that all depend, to various degrees, from the availability of resources not supplied by the territory).

Dimensions of decline?

Between 2001 and 2016, if compared with other metropolitan areas in Italy:
- value added +22% (Italian average +29%)
- greater decrease of new companies
- worsening in export, companies density, local branches, building, inhabitants with a university degree (and this, despite having increased the number of university students, now at around 100k on less than 900k inhabitants).

Over the last few years, I read the annual "Rapporto Rota"- worth reading if you want to understand (and identify opportunity in) Turin. https://www.rapporto-rota.it/

Earlier, it had been a model of cohesion between the different "souls" (tribes, in my parlance), able to generate a cadre of around 120 people who covered 200 key roles:
"la classe dirigente locale, un centinaio di persone, con cariche direttive in quasi duecento organizzazioni pubbliche e private. Si tratta di un insieme di persone diverse per professione e orientamento politico, provenienti da ambienti ai quali si arriva per cooptazione, e per affinità sociale e culturale. Si sono individuati cinque ambienti di provenienza: il 'milieu Fiat', quello 'accademico', il milieu 'ex PCI' (quadri formati nei governi [NDR locali] predecenti), 'liberal', ispirato ai principi del liberalismo, il 'milieu cattolico', in linea con la Curia".

Within the introduction, it is discussed how, in reality, Turin could be seen as an example of the decline of Italy, stating that "Non è stato il virus [NDR COVID-19, as the book was published in June 2020 but relesed for printing in February 2020] a bloccare Torino: purtroppo Torino era già ferma."

This short book is actually contains more than an assessment, as it quickly summarizes trends on various levels (social, political, business) as they unfolded since Turin lost it role as capital of the newly unified Kingdom of Italy (XIX century), and its industrial history during the XX century, before turning into a town looking for a new purpose toward the end of the XX century, and losing it in the XXI.

As the three authors pinpoint, it isn't just Turin that lost the train for the transition toward a post-industrial future, but the whole country- only, having been the industrial centre of Italy for a while, the side-effects are deeper and more visible.

Just walk around the town, and you will find plenty of buildings that belong to an industrial past- some almost skeletons of their past glory, others with a new life e.g. the OGR- Officine Grandi Riparazioni, now both a convention centre and a technological campus for a foreign multinational, with another one forthcoming, and a third one elsewhere: Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft all have or are planning to have facilities in Turin.

If you understand Italian, probably a short article that I posted in 2016 after a conference/event where the incumbent and two previous Mayors discussed the time before, during, and after could give you a summary of the issues (should survive also GoogleTranslate).

Title? "Amministrative 2016-03 "io sono quello che ha pagato i conti"".http://robertolofaro.com/index.php?page=75

[Review released on 2020-06-11] ( )
  aleph123 | Jun 11, 2020 |
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