The Politics of Italy: Governance in a Normal Country (Cambridge Textbooks in Comparative Politics)
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This innovative text offers a completely fresh approach to Italian politics by placing it in its historical, institutional, social and international contexts. Students will get to grips with the theories and concepts of comparative politics and how they apply specifically to Italy, while gaining real insight into more controversial topics such as the Mafia, corruption and the striking success of Berlusconi. The textbook uses clear and simple language to critically analyze Italy's institutions, its political culture, parties and interest groups, public policy, and its place in the international system. Often regarded as an anomaly, Italy is frequently described in terms of 'crisis', 'instability' and 'alienation'. Sceptical of these conventional accounts, Newell argues that, if understood in its own terms, the Italian political system is just as effective as other established democracies. With features including text boxes and further reading suggestions, this is an unbeatable introduction to the politics of Italy.
efforts on behalf of the republic which had been declared in the Papal States forced him once more into exile, which included a period of residence in New York and a month-long visit to Tyneside in Britain. Back in Italy in 1854, he bought, with a small legacy from his brother, half the island of Caprera, off the north coast of Sardinia where he devoted himself to agriculture. The exploit for which he is most famous, the landing in Marsala with 1,000 volunteers and his subsequent victorious march
for the legitimate expression of grievances and so strengthened the sense of alienation from the state still more. Parliamentary politics Franchise restrictions underlay the third legacy of liberal Italy, namely the character of parliamentary politics: * * The absence of a mass electorate restricted the development of wellorganised political parties. By ensuring that parliamentarians represented a narrow social circle, limited suffrage meant that left–right divisions within Parliament were
that have been made in recent years? First, the June 2006 referendum could be interpreted as implying that the electorate had decisively turned its back on the idea of establishing any radically new institutional framework for the Republic in the immediate term. The referendum had, after all stimulated the participation of a clear majority of the electorate (something that had not happened in a referendum for eleven years), and it had produced an unambiguous outcome. The parliamentary commission
other side stand the ‘constitutional conservatives’, more lukewarm towards the idea of thoroughgoing change. Their argument is essentially twofold. (i) In spite of the inhospitable circumstances created by the Cold War and the profound ideological divisions by which Italian society was torn, the 1948 Constitution played a significant role in ensuring that democracy was maintained and consolidated. (ii) The problems in Italian governance that put constitutional revision on the political agenda in
Prime Minister during the course of the thirteenth legislature without any specific electoral mandate, therefore had less discretion in choosing their ministers. 141 THE POLITY: STRUCTURES AND INSTITUTIONS 11. In the shape of legislative decree no. 303 of 1999, giving effect to article 11 of law no. 59 of 1997. 12. ‘Caporetto’ refers to the First World War battle of Caporetto, which saw the Italian army routed by Austro-Hungarian and German forces. As a consequence, the term ‘Carporetto’ has