The paper presents the essays in the volume, preceded by a brief general premise. The first part deals with the "state of the art" of economic sociological interpretative framework on the topic of regulation, the main issues and the latest developments; at the same time it outlines the "fil rouge" of the volume. The crisis of contemporary capitalism is characterized by significant differences between countries and patterns – influenced by the institutional and cultural context to which they belong; at the same time, it is marked by the spread of common dynamics; so the trend towards differentiation and towards convergence coexist and intertwine. In this context, the essays in the volume analyze specific, local and sectorial failures of regulation in Italy, and the role played by the actors and levels, mechanisms and tools of regulation.
Keywords: Capitalism, regulation, actors, mechanisms, levels, economic sociology