Edited By Danièle Fraboulet-Rousselier, Andrea Maria Locatelli and Paolo Tedeschi
Preface (Aldo Carera)
9Preface The role of social and economic organisations in contemporary society has been a fundamental issue in the studies promoted by the “Archivio per la storia del movimento sociale cattolico in Italia” since its establish- ment in 1961. During much the same period, the economic historians of the Department of Economic History, Society and Local Sciences “Mario Romani” at the Catholic University of Milan, focused their research on the development of organisations operating in the social and economic system. Mario Romani was a professor of economic history at the Catholic University of Milan and his scientific studies are the cultural references for the work presented here. From the middle of the twentieth century, rather than following the dominant cultural ideologies concerning the Italian economic and social system, Romani in fact criticised the tradi- tional interpretation of Italian economic development in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. While the mainstream theories of Italian econom- ic development, namely the neoclassical and the Marxist interpretations, were centered on the role of the state, Romani proposed a new theory based on the relationship between social structures and economic factors. So, the analysis of social and economic structures became the key to exploring and defining the relationships between forces in the market economy. For this purpose, Romani identified some relevant research conditions: the existence of a relevant interdependence between the social and the economic factors concerned; the need to consider the social and economic system as a whole; the large amount of time and effort that...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.