Parliamentary democracy in Italy

Bull, MJ ORCID: 2004, 'Parliamentary democracy in Italy' , Parliamentary Affairs, 57 (3) , pp. 550-567.

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The Italian 'partitocrazia' or 'partitocratic regime' - known as the First Republic - effectively came to an end in the early 1990s under the pressure of a range of different factors, and political changes began about which most observers were, at the beginning, very optimistic, since it was felt that they would lead to a 'normalisation' of Italian politics and therefore an improvement in the quality of Italian democracy. However, ten years on, after the reassertion of the political party sphere in the late 1990s and the electoral success of the media magnate, Silvio Berlusconi, the debate has shifted to focus on the difficulties Italian democracy is facing and whether or not, far from making progress, the political system is in regression. This article evaluates the changes Italian democracy has been and is undergoing along several lines, the continuities that still exist with the old model of the First Republic and the difficulties of achieving significant improvements in the future.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Democracy and Human Rights
Journal or Publication Title: Parliamentary Affairs
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0031-2290
Depositing User: Professor Martin J. Bull
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2011 08:59
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 06:48

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