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Giuseppe Pera was a Professor of Labour Law at the University of Pisa, and is renowned for his important contributions to views on politics and social culture as seen within the perspective of labour law and industrial relations. He is remembered for countless books, essays and articles, his teaching activity, and in-depth discussions with his students. As a young man he contributed to «Critica Sociale», «Risorgimento Socialista», «Il Ponte», and «Il Mulino». In 1952 he was accused of anti-Stalinism and expelled from the Italian Socialist Party. Nevertheless, he continued his research and writings about politics and social issues, in full independence and freedom of thought.
He was Editor in chief of the Italian Journal of Labour Law, «Rivista Italiana di Diritto del Lavoro», from 1985 to 2003. He then gave over this position to Pietro Ichino, but kept writing in the same Journal for several years brief notes (“Noterelle”) that were afterwards collected and published in a single volume. He had been a student of Luisa Riva Sanseverino’s, and he felt close to the spiritual world of Pietro Calamandrei and Manlio Rossi Doria, Mahatma Gandhi, Benedetto Croce, and Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy.
Giuseppe Pera has specifically asked to be remembered
with these few lines written by himself.