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Blog EUROPP - United Kingdom | 11/03/2013

For Marco Simoni Italy's frustration is reason for Grillo's success

The success of Beppe Grillo's Movimento 5 Stelle protest movement in Italy's parliamentary elections is symbolic of the voters frustration with the politics of the last decades, Marco Simoni argues on the London School of Economics' EUROPP blog: "Erratic economic reforms have failed to provide the economy with the right set of incentives, leading to a stalling of innovation and a decline in productivity. The political consequences of such a decline were not obvious until the recent elections. … Two decades of economic stagnation and incoherent policies have created a very strong insider / outsider dynamic. In Italy, this dynamic cuts across family income and education levels, because rents, market regulations, and diffused monopolies render meritocracy a distant dream. Italians voted for a 'party alternative' because of this dynamic, not because of the cost of the more recent austerity measures."

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