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Towards the end of a long transition? Bipolarity and instability in Italy’s changing political system

Carbone, C and Newell, JL 2008, 'Towards the end of a long transition? Bipolarity and instability in Italy’s changing political system' , Politics, 28 (3) , pp. 138-149.

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Abstract

This article analyses the significance of the 2008 general election for the prospects of an early conclusion to Italy's transition from a First to a Second Republic. The election saw not only the return of Berlusconi to power, but also a radical simplification of Italian politics, with a considerable reduction in the number of parliamentary groups and the emergence of much more straightforward and clear-cut governing and opposition roles. The likelihood of a successful conclusion to the transition was increased by the agreement of governing and opposition forces in the immediate aftermath of the campaign to search actively for mutually acceptable institutional reforms.

Item Type: Article
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: Politics
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0263-3957
Depositing User: Users 47901 not found.
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2011 10:24
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:01
URI: http://usir.eprints.org/id/eprint/16864

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