The Politics of Italy: Governance in a Normal Country

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"This innovative text offers the reader 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." 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.

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James L. Newell is Professor of Politics in the School of English, Sociology, Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Salford. He is the author of Italian Politics: Adjustment under Duress (with Martin Bull, 2005) and Parties and Democracy in Italy (2000), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters on Italian politics.

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Table of Contents

1 History 9

2 The constitutional framework 49

3 Multi-level government 79

4 Policy-making and policy implementation : executives, legislatures and bureaucrats 108

5 Political culture and behaviour 145

6 Interests and interest mediation : voluntary associations and pressure groups 179

7 Elections, voting and political parties 210

8 Economic policy 253

9 Welfare and rights 283

10 Foreign policy 318

App The electoral system for the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate 352

References 358

Index 373

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