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Too few Children and Too Much Family

The demography, sociology, and economics of the extremely low fertility
of Italy is being addressed in this paper, as well as its implication
for the welfare system. One of the peculiar aspects of Italian society is
what the author calls the «delay syndrome» among young people, i.e.
their gradual and slow passage into adulthood. Vital choices – forming
a union and having children – are postponed at a much later phase of life
in comparison to their parents, and only once a series of steps have been
completed. These include completion of education, entry into the labor
market, securing a stable source of income, adequate housing. Once
both partners have taken these steps – often in a strict succession – then
the decisions to leave the parents’ household and to form a stable union
and to have children are made. Contextual social and economic conditions
prevailing in the 80s and 90s have greatly slowed the timing of
these steps. The author advocates a war on the «syndrome» that delays
adulthood and postpones the full assumption of responsibilities,
including parenthood, as a prerequisite for a recovery of fertility from
the current depressed levels.


Référence électonique : Massimo LIVI BACCI, "Too few Children and Too Much Family", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°103, 103 - L’Italie, p.65-80 . Consulté le 2020-01-20 16:20:17 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Too-few-Children-and-Too-Much.html