The Politics of Italy: Governance in a Normal Country
  • The Politics of Italy: Governance in a Normal Country
  • The Politics of Italy: Governance in a Normal Country

The Politics of Italy: Governance in a Normal Country

by James L. Newell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521840708

ISBN-13: 9780521840705

Pub. Date: 03/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521840705
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2010
Series:
Cambridge Textbooks in Comparative Politics Series
Pages:
385
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures vii

List of maps viii

List of tables ix

List of boxes xi

Acknowledgements xiii

List of abbreviations xiv

Chronology xvii

Introduction 1

I Historical background 7

1 History 9

II The polity: structures and institutions of the regime 47

2 The constitutional framework 49

3 Multi-level government 79

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

III Politics; citizens, elites and interest mediation 143

5 Political culture and behaviour 145

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

7 Elections, voting and political parties 210

IV Policies and Performances 251

8 Economic policy 253

9 Welfare and rights 283

10 Foreign policy 318

Appendix: The electoral system for the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate 352

References 358

Index 373

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