Italy Transformed : politics, society and institutions at the end of the great recession

Bull, MJ ORCID: and Pasquino, G, (eds.) 2018, Italy Transformed : politics, society and institutions at the end of the great recession , South European Society & Politics , Routledge (Taylor & Francis), Abingdon, UK.

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The decade commencing with the great crash of 2008 was a watershed period for Italian politics, involving fundamental and dramatic changes, many of which had not been anticipated and which are charted in this book, which analyses: the impact of the Eurozone crisis on the Italian economy and its relationship with the European Union; the dramatic changes in the political parties (and particularly the rise of a new political force, the Five Star Movement, which became the largest political party in 2013), the changing role of the Trade Unions in the lives of Italian citizens, the Italian migration crisis, electoral reforms and their impact on the Italian party system (where trends towards bipolarisation appear to be exhausted), the rise of new forms of social protest, changes to political culture and social capital and, finally, amidst the crisis, reforms to the welfare state.

Overall, the book reveals a country, which many had assumed was in quiet transition towards a more stable democracy, suffering an immense shock from the Eurozone crisis and bringing to the fore deep-rooted structural problems which have changed the dynamics of its politics, as confirmed in the outcome to the 2018 General Election.

Item Type: Book
Editors: Bull, MJ and Pasquino, G
Additional Information: Originally a Special Issue of South European Society and Politics, Vol 23, issue 1 (March 2018)
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Series Name: South European Society & Politics
ISBN: 9781138393721
Depositing User: Professor Martin J. Bull
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2018 11:00
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 23:54

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