Among all European nations, Italy after the Second World War has been one of the most faithful allies to the US government. America’s influence on our society has been steady and significant—not only on the political and military level, but also on the cultural level, in terms of lifestyle and consumption.
The only variable in this process has been time. Sometimes US political and cultural trends would arrive in Italy only after a number of years, while in other cases the process of imitation developed very fast.
If we look at economic policy, we can see this phenomenon in the case of Reganomics, as neoliberal policies and the first dismantling of public welfare, which took hold in the United States ever since the late ‘70s, arrived to Italy 15 years later, with Berlusconi’s rule.