Italian Politics: Adjustment Under Duress / Edition 1

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Italian Politics: Adjustment Under Duress / Edition 1

This wide-ranging book seeks to unravel the complexities ofpost-1992 Italian democracy. It takes as its point of departure thedramatic political tensions of the early 1990s and evaluates theseagainst the background of an analysis of the ‘FirstRepublic’ that predates these changes.

Martin Bull and James Newell, renowned scholars of ItalianPolitics, argue that the early 1990s revolution in Italian partypolitics should be seen both as a major cause of subsequent changesin the political system and as a consequence of longer-term, stillon-going changes in the Italian polity. The books explains how wecan understand in this light the mixed success of the parties inattempting to act as autonomous vehicles of reform – andtherefore why, if we are witnessing a transformation to a‘Second Republic’, many of its key features stillremain to be shaped. Each of the thematic chapters clearlyjuxtaposes Italy as it was before the 1990s with Italy today,thereby evaluating the degree to which the early 1990s can be seenas a watershed. In this way the book offers a novel account of bothcontemporary political developments and their historicalsignificance in teh context of the ‘Italian politicalmodel’ that took shape in the period after 1945.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745612997
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/24/2006
Edition description: REV
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

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

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

Table of Contents


List of Tables.

List of Figures.

List Abbreviations.


Chapter 1: Understanding Political Change in Post War Italy.

Chapter 2: The Post-War Economy and Macro-Economic PolicyMaking.

Chapter 3: Political Parties and the Party System.

Chapter 4: Political Culture, Elections and VotingBehaviour.

Chapter 5: The Representation of Interests.

Chapter 6: Informal Institutions.

Chapter 7: The Government, Parliament and the President.

Chapter 8: The Bureaucracy and Judiciary.

Chapter 9: Central-Local Relations and Sub-NationalGovernment.

Chapter 10: Governing the Economy I: Big Industry and thePublic-Private Divide.

Chapter 11: Governing the Economy II: the South and the 'ThirdItaly'.

Chapter 12: Italy and the European Union.




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