Italian Politics: Adjustment Under Duress

Voorkant
Polity, 2005 - 262 pagina's
This wide-ranging book seeks to unravel the complexities of post-1992 Italian democracy. It takes as its point of departure the dramatic political tensions of the early 1990s and evaluates these against the background of an analysis of the ‘First Republic’ that predates these changes.

Martin Bull and James Newell, renowned scholars of Italian Politics, argue that the early 1990s revolution in Italian party politics should be seen both as a major cause of subsequent changes in the political system and as a consequence of longer-term, still on-going changes in the Italian polity. The books explains how we can understand in this light the mixed success of the parties in attempting to act as autonomous vehicles of reform – and therefore why, if we are witnessing a transformation to a ‘Second Republic’, many of its key features still remain to be shaped. Each of the thematic chapters clearly juxtaposes Italy as it was before the 1990s with Italy today, thereby evaluating the degree to which the early 1990s can be seen as a watershed. In this way the book offers a novel account of both contemporary political developments and their historical significance in teh context of the ‘Italian political model’ that took shape in the period after 1945.

This will be essential reading for all students of Italian and Comparative Politics, who will find the clarity and breadth of the book invaluable. Equally, scholars will be fascinated by this new and compelling argument.

 

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Inhoudsopgave

Introduction
1
2
20
1 Economically active population by sector of employment
88
1 Italian public perceptions of corruption in public life
112
2 Measures of selected oversight activity 7th14th legislatures
125
1 Average duration of civil proceedings in days in courts
148
2 Family expenditure in northern and southern Italy
165
1 Distribution of economic activity in industrial manufacturing
178
1 Financial investments by the Cassa per il Mezzogiorno
193
5 Italian exporters by size of firm number of employees 2001
208
Italy and the European Union
210
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216
138
223
References
238
Index
256
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Over de auteur (2005)

James Newell is Reader in the School of English, Sociology, Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Salford.

Martin Bull is Professor in the School of English, Sociology, Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Salford.

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