Introduction - Italy: A contested polity

Bull, MJ and Rhodes, M 2009, 'Introduction - Italy: A contested polity' , in: Italy - A contested polity , West European Politics Series , Routledge, Abingdon & New York, pp. 1-13.

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As is now well understood from recent advances in historical institutionalism, change in complex political systems usually occurs either by way of 'punctuated equilibrium', in which long periods of stability in a political system are interrupted by sudden, and sometimes dramatic, shifts, before path-dependent development resumes; or via multiple processes that modify the nature of the existing order but only rarely overturn it. The equilibrium of Italy's post-war system was clearly 'punctuated' by the political and economic upheavals of the early and mid-1990s. But what followed was less a transition to something new, and more a post-crisis process of institutional (re-)stabilisation and negotiated change in which the 'new' (or at least substantial parts of it) looks remarkably similar to the 'old'.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Bull, MJ and Rhodes, M
Additional Information: This is book version of a Special Issue of West European Politics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Italian politics; political change
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Democracy and Human Rights
Publisher: Routledge
Refereed: Yes
Series Name: West European Politics Series
ISBN: 9780415472647
Depositing User: Professor Martin J. Bull
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2012 10:13
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:21

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