One of the principle of Social Investment lies in the promotion of the educational level of the young, in the assumption that having more education will help in access more good jobs. But what happen when the good jobs are scarcely available for the deficiencies of the labour demand? This is the question behind the chapter “The Social Investment challenge and young Italians”, published in the book Italian Youth in International Context. Belonging, Constraints and Opportunities, Routledge 2019.
In the chapter I carefully examine the situation of young workers in Italy, showing the incapacity of labour market to integrate them for the shortage of good jobs available in the Italian labour market. I then take in account two policies inspired by the principle of Social Investment: Youth Guarantee and Apprenticeship in Higher Education. By looking at the performance of the outcome, I can highlight how the failure of the measure is due more for a limited interest of the employers then for a lack of activation of policy target.
The pre-print version of the article is available on UAB DDD, from October 2022.
In the newly published book of Nicholls and Ziegler “Creating Space for Social Innovation” (Oxford University Press) you can find a chapter on my research on Solidarity Purchasing Groups. The chapter is entitled “Creating alternative economic spaces. The socially innovative practices of solidarity purchasing groups” and it includes an examination of the concept of solidarity and how it is put in practice by the activities of the Solidarity Purchasing Groups.
I start from the theory of Tuomela and I use his classification of the various form of solidarity (I-perspective, I/We perspective, We perspective) to understand the practice of the groups. The chapter shows how social innovations as Solidarity Purchasing Groups only rarely involve in activities acknowledgeable fully as a We perspective solidarity. Their activities are, in fact, mostly favorable to their members or their primary networks.
The article is accessible in DDD UAB, starting from December 2021.
This article uses the primary data collected within the project CRESSI and explores the role of the marketization of food in the economic marginalization of small farmers in Italy. Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative data, it shows how solidarity purchasing groups – as the most important alternative food networks in Italy – are only partially able to tackle the disadvantage suffered by farmers.
The Call for Papers aims to explore how gender and non-standard employment might explain the exposure to economic insecurity in Southern Europe. We call for contributions that apply an intersectional frame, studying gender in combination with different dimensions of inequalities (e.g. migrant backgrounds, classes, living in peripherical or fragile territories, etc). The following type of papers are welcomed: comparative or one-country cases in Southern Europe, theoretical or empirical studies, qualitative or quantitative analysis.
I am so proud to announce that the last and most interesting article from my Phd project has been published in the Journal of Professions&Organization today. The article set a case of the Italian Management Consultancy and present four ideal-types of professionals, which presents different but coexisting ways of embodying professionalism in this profession.
The article reprises 55 interviews made in Italy withing different work settings in the field (corporations, small and medium companies, self-employment) showing how discourses on professions change when work settings change. It also shows that previous theorization in the field (corporate professionalism, hybridized professionalism, commercialized professionalism, and organizing professionalism) are effective heuristic tools to understand the fragmentation of this field.