The Italian government response to Covid-19 and the making of a prime minister

Bull, MJ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2612-3183 2021, 'The Italian government response to Covid-19 and the making of a prime minister' , Contemporary Italian Politics, 13 (2) , pp. 149-165.

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Abstract

Italy was the first European democracy to be hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. The government’s response, especially in the first wave, was confused, dilatory and inadequate, and the country found itself in an unprecedented public health crisis, leading to a national lockdown between March and May. The easing of restrictions in May and an improved situation in the summer did not prevent cases rising again from the autumn onwards, and Italy finished the year in a series of mini-lockdowns. The government was confronted with a debate over Italy’s high death toll and the role of the executive’s own failings in it. Yet, the pandemic did not prompt a political crisis. Rather, it had the effect of blunting the frontal opposition of the League and strengthening the standing of the government with the public. This especially applied to the Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, whose personal ratings soared, as the public rallied behind a leader facing the greatest challenge of any peacetime Italian prime minister.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Journal or Publication Title: Contemporary Italian Politics
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 2324-8823
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Depositing User: USIR Admin
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2021 09:53
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 10:38
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/60956

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