Mapping Contemporary Italian Politics
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: Temple University Press
Table of Contents
Italy experienced a political watershed in the early 1990s when the old system of parties collapsed and was subsequently replaced. With the new regime emerged several novelties, such as new parties and electoral alliances on both the left and the right of the political spectrum. Perhaps the most notable outcome...
1. Introduction: Berlusconi’s Italy
July 9, 2006, must have been a day of mixed emotions for Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister. The Italian team had won soccer’s World Cup with a victory over France, but Berlusconi could not politically bask in the glory of the team to which he had tied his political career. Not only...
2. The Geography of the New Bipolarity, 1994–2006
One of the high hopes of the early 1990s was that following the cleansing of the corruption associated with the party regime of the cold war period, Italy could become a “normal country.” There were hopes that bipolar politics of electoral competition between clearly defined coalitions formed before elections, rather than perpetual domination by the center, would lead to the potential alternating of progressive and conservative forces in national political office and...
3. Party Replacement, Italian Style
Much has been written about the success of Silvio Berlusconi and his party, Forza Italia. The attention that he and his party receive is indeed warranted on many levels. From his financial success and conflicts of interest to his personal appeal and public gaffes, Berlusconi is the object of both fascination and morbid curiosity. Yet how did Berlusconi and...
4. The Geographical Secret to Berlusconi’s Success
Of course, Berlusconi’s political career as head of a center-right coalition would never have been possible but for the collapse of the old parties and the electoral system associated with them. At the same time, the new electoral system, introduced after public approval in a referendum in 1993, definitely encouraged the emergence of clear groupings of parties because of the overwhelming importance of the majoritarian element...
5. What Went Up Later Came Down
Immediately following the center-right’s victory in the 2001 elections, Silvio Berlusconi proclaimed that a “new era” was beginning for all Italians. Indeed, many hopes and expectations were placed upon Berlusconi and his “House of Freedoms” coalition which enjoyed outright majorities in both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. Not...
The closeness of the 2006 election after earlier expectations of an easy center-left victory has reinforced the idea of Berlusconi as Italy’s electoral superman. Particularly when seen in the light of the subsequent local elections in May 2006 and the constitutional referendum in June 2006 (when in the absence of much active campaigning by Berlusconi...
Publication Year: 2008
OCLC Number: 476204122
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