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Between crisis and transition: Italian politics in the 1990s

Bull, MJ and Rhodes, M 1997, 'Between crisis and transition: Italian politics in the 1990s' , West European Politics, 20 (1) , pp. 1-13.

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Abstract

The Italian political system is both dynamic and sclerotic, adaptable and blocked, and with a surprising degree of institutional inertia. While some aspects of the system are adjusting to the new challenges of the decade, other areas are adapting much more slowly, despite the headline-grabbing political upheavals of recent years. Indeed, paradoxically, it is those areas which appear to have witnessed the most dramatic changes (and specifically the political parties) which are proving to be most dilatory in driving Italy's transition forward. This combination of vigour and stagnation lies at the heart of the Italian paradox; and while the transition remains incomplete, so the 'crisis' will continue.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Italian politics, crisis, transition
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: West European Politics
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0140-2382
Depositing User: Professor Martin J. Bull
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2011 14:41
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:16
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/18789

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