The political history of Italy has been an undeniably turbulent one. The country’s political system has been repeatedly threatened by the historical existence of extremist parties on the left and right, an economy which...Show More
The political history of Italy has been an undeniably turbulent one. The country’s political system has been repeatedly threatened by the historical existence of extremist parties on the left and right, an economy which struggles to adapt, the cleavage between a developed north and an underdeveloped south, the challenge posed by terrorist groups and organized crime, high public debt, and governments that last on average only ten months. Paradoxically, however, Italy continues to muddle through from one political crisis to another with one of the world’s highest standards of living and quality of life. What is the secret of Italian politics?Show Less
Comprehensive view of Italian politics covering the period from 1943 to 2017 in terms of the political parties, leaders and nature of political discourse.
Analysis of the three trends that are usually not mentioned in the treatment of Italian politics but are crucial for the understanding of how the Italian political and institutional system has changed over time: institutionalization of Parliament, parliamentarization of parties and depolarization of the political system.
Presentation of recent data on the characteristics of Italian parliamentarians-gender, age, education-and legislative initiatives presented and passed in the Italian Parliament in relation to the last three governments.
Comparison of census data on how the Italian social and economic system has changed between 1951 and 2011 in terms of the country's standards on health, education, life expectancy, and employment.
Discussion of Italy's role in foreign policy in Europe and the Mediterranean in the management of European integration, immigration and security policy.?
1. The nexus between socio-economic and political change in Italy
2. The impact of economic challenges on Italy's political system
4. The executive branch
5. The judicial system
6. The electoral system and the search for political advantage
7. The political party system
8. Organized groups and civil society
9. Italy as an international actor
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