Silvio Berlusconi's Personal Parties: From Forza Italia to the Popolo Della Libertà

  title={Silvio Berlusconi's Personal Parties: From Forza Italia to the Popolo Della Libert{\`a}},
  author={Duncan McDonnell},
  journal={Political Studies},
  pages={217 - 233}
  • D. McDonnell
  • Published 21 January 2013
  • History
  • Political Studies
Despite the electoral success of Silvio Berlusconi's two political parties, little theoretical and empirical work has been done on Forza Italia (FI) and the Popolo Della Libertà (PDL – People of Freedom). This article aims to fill these gaps. Following a short overview of the history of FI and the PDL, it discusses how scholars have conceived of Forza Italia. Building on the criteria of Joseph LaPalombara and Myron Weiner for the definition of a political party, a first operational definition… 

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