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The Italian transition that never was

Bull, MJ 2012, 'The Italian transition that never was' , Modern Italy, 17 (1) . (In Press)

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      The recent argument that the notion of ‘transition’ should be set aside in attempting to explain the trajectory of Italian politics in the past two decades is to be welcomed, but does not go far enough in explaining why we, as Italianists, got our case wrong and how exactly we might get our case right today. The transitional ‘myth’ was born and maintained despite growing evidence of its inherently problematic nature, both in conceptual and empirical terms. The concept of ‘transition’ needs more serious conceptual treatment and empirical application, but even with this work it is unlikely to be concluded that Italy is in transition. Freeing Italy and Italianists from this conventional wisdom, while, at the same time, not abandoning the idea that something exceptional happened to Italian politics in the early 1990s, will help enrich the debate on the nature of the political change that Italy has experienced in the past seventeen years.

      Item Type: Article
      Uncontrolled Keywords: Transition; Italy; Political Change; Italian Politics; Italian Democracy
      Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
      Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Democracy and Human Rights
      Journal or Publication Title: Modern Italy
      Publisher: Taylor & Francis
      Refereed: Yes
      ISSN: 1353-2944
      Depositing User: Professor Martin J. Bull
      Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2011 10:55
      Last Modified: 03 Jun 2014 08:56

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