AREL, the Agency of Research and Legislation, comprises Members of Parliament, professors, managers and entrepreneurs. Its activity is aimed to examine the main economic and institutional topics, through research, debates and documents in order to act as the basis for legislative works as well as to analyse decisive matters concerning the development of Italian society and its role in the European and international panorama.
AREL was created in 1976 thanks to an idea of Nino Andreatta who felt the urge, together with a group of important people at universities, in industry and the field of work (like Umberto Agnelli, Urbano Aletti, Adriano Bompiani, Franco A. Grassini, Ferrante Pierantoni), to find a place in which they could examine closely the most relevant Italian and international economic, administrative and institutional matters, with modern and rigorous analytic tools.
The confrontation born from its activities has often been translated into complex bills that, once brought into the Parliament, have become ordinary laws.
AREL meetings and seminars, together with research activity, have covered over time a wide range of topics, as demonstrated from the varied number of themes analysed in the copious volumes published by the editorial collection in collaboration with il Mulino. The topics vary from typically economic ones such as the relationship between State and industry in European countries; or the examination of dynamics between salaries and participation; to studies and initiative in the justice field; the reform of the public administration and local administration; from transparency in finance and stock exchange; from institutional reforms; up to European topics and the environment.
AREL publications include, on top of single-issue volumes, AREL Informazioni- the Association review- directed by Enrico Letta , and two thematic periodicals: Arel – Legislation and labour policies; the monthly review on legislation and labour politics, created in collaboration with the “ Marco Biagi ” International Centre of Studies of Modena and Reggio Emilia University; and Arel – Parlamentar and Legislative Activity, dedicated to the examination of the parliamentary works, of the laws adopted by the Parliament and bills of law.
In the past few years AREL has strengthened the collaboration with important Italian and international centres of research, aimed at the creation of research activities and seminars. These include the London school of Economics and Political Science – Economic and Social Cohesion Laboratory; the Barcelona CIDOB Foundation, with which from 1999 the Italy-Spain dialogue Forum has been created; the Ispi ( Institute for Study of International Politics); the IAI (Institute of International Affairs); the “ Marco Biagi ” International Centre of Studies of Modena and Reggio Emilia University; and the Cattaneo of Castellanza University CERST (Centre of Research for Territory Development).
Whilst surfing the site (in Italian), you can find out about the people belonging to AREL. Furthermore, you will be able to read details of the activity of the congress and the seminars and the publications.