Background information The Italian General Confederation of Commerce (Confcommercio) originated in Rome on April 29, 1945. At its inception, it was conceived as an entity for connecting the various existing associations of merchants. It was composed of the new free (in the context of post-WWII and post-fascist Italy) Associations of Merchants: 24 provincial (7 Sicilian,…

Confindustria: Lobbies as an institution

Background information Confindustria, the association of Italy’s employers, is a prototype of Italy’s complex and highly institutionalized lobbying system whose roots date back to the pre-WWII era and which includes retailers associations Confcommercio and Conferesercenti, artisans’ Confartigianato and CNA, farmers’ Coldiretti and Confagricoltura, banks’ Abi and insurer companies’ Ania among others