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Aspects of the Italian transition

Allum, F and Newell, JL 2003, 'Aspects of the Italian transition' , Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 8 (2) , pp. 182-196.

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Abstract

The second Berlusconi government came to power at the end of a period of unprecedented change in Italian politics to which the term 'Italian transition' is frequently applied. While the new government's arrival has not brought the transition to an end, the manner of its election powerfully symbolizes the end of much of what was 'unique' about the Italian polity. Such uniqueness derived essentially from the tripolar nature of the country's party system and the 'blocked' character of its democracy. The crisis of the early 1990s gave rise to the onset of a regime transition whose phases can be described analytically by applying Flanagan's (1973) developmental framework and Linz's (1978) breakdown and re-equilibration model. Given the transition's 'stalling', the article considers what kind of and how much change has taken place in the Italian political system and the degree to which the second Berlusconi government might represent a new departure for it. The Introduction concludes by presenting the 'aspects of the Italian transition' discussed in the following five articles.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transition, Berlusconi, party system, elections, democracy, first republic
Themes: Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Democracy and Human Rights
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Modern Italian Studies
Publisher: Routledge Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1354-571X
Depositing User: Users 47901 not found.
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2011 10:15
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:01
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/16851

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