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What is the democratic deficit
The two most recent and interesting developments in contemporary political science concern the study of the status of democracy. Questions concerning both the quality of democracy and the so-calledExpand
The Five Faces of Silvio Berlusconi: The Knight of Anti-politics
Between 1994 and 2006 Berlusconi has been the dominant figure of Italian politics. Following his electoral defeat in the April 2006 elections, it is possible to begin an initial evaluation of theExpand
Italy says no: the 2016 constitutional referendum and its consequences
Abstract On 4 December 2016, Italians went to the polls to say yes or no in a popular referendum called by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on his package of constitutional reforms. Turnout was very high:Expand
Populism and Democracy
‘Government of the people, by the people, for the people’. This famous phrase, pronounced by President Abraham Lincoln in his 1863 Gettysburg Address, could easily be accepted by democrats andExpand
Tricks and Treats: The 2005 Italian Electoral Law and Its Consequences
In autumn 2005, a few months before the April 2006 elections, the ruling coalition Casa delle Libertà (House of Freedoms) decided to reform the Italian electoral law. This article analyses theExpand
The Formation Of the Fourth Berlusconi Government
In the period between 1946 and 1993, that is, before the reform of the electoral law along majoritarian lines and the transformation of the Italian party system, the processes of government formationExpand
Still an outlier: Italy in a Southern European comparative perspective1
Abstract There are many superficial reasons to believe that the Italian political system does not work in a satisfactory way. In this paper, we explore three different areas: parties and the partyExpand
The Democratic Party and the restructuring of the Italian party system
Abstract Out of a quickly performed merger between the Left Democrats and the Daisy, a new party has made its appearance in Italy: the Democratic Party (Partito Democratico – PD). In the summer ofExpand
The 2013 elections and the Italian political system
The February 2013 Italian general elections were characterized by the highest volatility to date. Although, thanks to the majority bonus, the Partito Democratico (Democratic Party) obtained theExpand
Non-partisan governments Italian-style: decision-making and accountability
Abstract Three non-partisan governments in less than 20 years, Italy reveals once more her deviance from European parliamentary democracies. This article explores the reasons why and how non partisanExpand