Lorenzo Fioramonti

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Lorenzo Fioramonti

Lorenzo Fioramonti is an economist and professor of political economy at the University of Pretoria and director of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn).


In 2017, two books by Fioramonti were published Wellbeing Economy: Success in a World Without Growth and The World After GDP: Economics, Politics and International Relations in the Post-Growth Era, in May and March respectively. According to the Financial Times, Fioramonti argues that GDP is "not only a distorted mirror in which to view our increasingly complex economies, but also an impediment to building better societies."[1]


Fioramonti has co-authored and co-edited a total of ten books. Fioramonti's books include the bestselling Gross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind the World’s Most Powerful Number and How Numbers Rule the World: The Use and Abuse of Statistics in Global Politics. According to the Hedgehog Review, Gross Domestic Problem is one three most influential books on the gross domestic product published in the 21st century.[2]

According to Public Books, Fioramonti’s research shows that “the reliance on GDP derives from a technocratic worldview that glorifies experts, corrodes communal values, and devalues the natural world.”[3]" For the LSE Review of Books, his research is a kind of “psychopath’s guide to bullying the world by numbers”, unmasking the pretension that “everything is ‘rational’, ‘independent’ and ‘objective’ and building fortresses of power around these intentional misrepresentations[4]” . Fioramonti’s work has been endorsed by public intellectuals such as Vandana Shiva, Susan George, Raj Patel and Kumi Naidoo, the former executive director of the environmental organization Greenpeace. Fioramonti is also the first Jean Monnet Programme Chair in Africa and the president of the European Union Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa.[5] By 2014, he also holds the UNESCO/UNU Chair in Regional Integration, Migration and Free Movement of People[6]


He is a fellow of the Centre for Social Investment of the University of Heidelberg, of the Hertie School of Governance and of the United Nations University. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian,Harvard Business Review, Die Presse, Das Parlament, Der Freitag, The Mail&Guardian, Foreign Policy and openDemocracy. He has a monthly column in the Business Day, South Africa’s leading financial newspaper.[7]

Personal life[edit]

He is married and has two sons.[citation needed]


After being nominated in January 2018 as a candidate for the Five Star Movement in the 2018 Italian general election[8], Fioramonti has subsequently been elected to parliament and his name has been put forward for Minister of Economic Development. [9]


  1. ^ "Has GDP become an impediment to a better society?". Financial Times. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  2. ^ "What's the matter with GDP". The Hedgehog Review. IASC Culture. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Our misleading indicators". Public Books. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  4. ^ "How numbers rule the world". LSE review of books. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  5. ^ "The European Studies Association of SubSaharan Africa". www.governanceinnovation.org. the Centre for the study of Governance Innovation. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Meet the new Chairholder: Lorenzo Fioramonti". www.regionswithoutborders.org. UNESCO-United Nations University Chair in regional integration, migration and free movement of people. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  7. ^ "World needs a new Bretton Woods with Africa in the lead". www.bdlive.co.za. Business Day. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  8. ^ Osborne, Simon (29 January 2018). "'EU is STRANGLING Italy's economy' 5-Star candidate attacks bloc's financial rules". Express. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  9. ^ Street, Michael (23 March 2018). "Fioramonti may get the chance to put his theories into practice". Financial Times. Retrieved 5 April 2018.

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