Informations and abstract
Keywords: history, labour law, welfare state, social policies, social insurance.
On the occasion of the centenary of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the paper aims to give a short account of the history of this institution. After going through the stages that, since the beginning of the XX century, led to the spin-off from the Ministry of Agriculture, decided by Prime Minister Francesco Saverio Nitti in 1920, the article deals with the term of office of Mario Abbiate, the first Minister of Labour and Social Security. The ministry was abolished by the fascist regime in 1923 (together with the Higher Labour Council), and was reinstated after the tragedy of WWII, and the restoration of democratic freedoms.