an idea that [as far as] public feelings of security and trust in the judicial system, southern and northern Italy should be treated as two separate countries.
the sense of necessity in terms of obeying the rules and moral condemnation of corruptive conduct in authoritative organs is much higher than in the South.”
How many ‘nations’ can a nation contain? Depends on whom one asks. Inhabitants of the former Yugoslavia, the former Sudan, the former Rhodesia could perhaps enlighten us. Or those living in the current Kashmir, or Caucusus, or Flanders.
Richard Griggs and Peter Hocknell have pegged the number of actual nations existing on planet earth at between 6000 and 9000. Europe alone, they say, is home to over one hundred. Lines drawn on maps by generals and statesmen tell us lies and half-truths. One nation, different beliefs, different values, different characters: What can a map really tell us?
Here, for example, is the nation known as the Italian Republic:
What is a nation? By what can national or cultural values be measured? By the relatively successful functioning of one’s institutions?
By one’s measured public corruption levels?
[higher score = lower corruption]
Golden, Miriam and Picci, Lucci, ‘Proposal for a New Measure of Corruption, Illustrated with
Italian Data,’ Economics & Politics, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 37-75, March 2005.
By the nepotism levels reigning in academia?
Nation and ‘nation’ will shift again, as they long have.
It would behoove us not to conflate the two.