Carlo Cottarelli presents INSIDE THE PALACE

Friday, June 7, 2024 - 9 p.m. - FREE ENTRANCE

Biography: Carlo Cottarelli (Cremona, 1954), after working at the Bank of Italy and Eni, was on the staff of the International Monetary Fund from 1988 to 2013, heading the Public Finance Department from 2008 to 2013. He was Special Commissioner for Spending Review, appointed by the Italian government, from October 2013 to November 2014. After returning to the Monetary Fund for three years as executive director, he directed the Observatory on Italian Public Accounts at the Catholic University of Milan and taught at Bocconi University until his election as senator in September 2022. His most recent books include: The Seven Deadly Sins of the Italian Economy (Feltrinelli, 2018), Pachyderms and Parrots. All the economic hoaxes we keep believing (Feltrinelli, 2019), To Hell and Back. For Our Social and Economic Revival (Feltrinelli, 2021) and Chimeras. Dreams and failures of the economy (Feltrinelli, 2023).

Descriptive text of the book:
In his new essay, Carlo Cottarelli examines the state of our political institutions from two episodes that involved him personally. In fact, the author traces his eight months as a senator and describes from the inside the functioning of our parliament dealing with, among other things, the gradual downsizing of its role compared to that of the government, the parliamentary debate now reduced to a clash between opposing factions, the salaries of parliamentarians, the byzantinism of parliamentary practices, the distancing of citizens from voting and what can be done to bring citizens closer to politics again. And he recounts in detail for the first time his experience when he was tasked with forming a government after the 2018 elections. In Inside the Palace, Cottarelli returns an honest snapshot of our institutions and imagines how, starting from the current situation, Italian and European politics and economics may evolve if current trends continue.