The politics of Italy. Governance in a normal country

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Publication Date 2010
ISBN 978-0-521-84070-5 (hbk); 978-0-521-60046-0 (pbk)
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This innovative text offers a completely fresh approach to Italian politics by placing it in its historical, institutional, social and international contexts. Students will get to grips with the theories and concepts of comparative politics and how they apply specifically to Italy, while gaining real insight into more controversial topics such as the Mafia, corruption and the striking success of Berlusconi. The textbook uses clear and simple language to critically analyze Italy's institutions, its political culture, parties and interest groups, public policy, and its place in the international system.

Often regarded as an anomaly, Italy is frequently described in terms of 'crisis', 'instability' and 'alienation'. Sceptical of these conventional accounts, Newell argues that, if understood in its own terms, the Italian political system is just as effective as other established democracies. With features including text boxes and further reading suggestions, this is an unbeatable introduction to the politics of Italy.


Part I. Historical Background
1. History

Part II. The Polity: Structures and Institutions of the Regime
2. The constitutional framework
3. Multi-level government
4. Policy-making and policy implementation: executives, legislatures and bureaucrats

Part III. Politics: Citizens, Elites and Interest Mediation
5. Political culture and behaviour
6. Interests and interest mediation: voluntary associations and pressure groups
7. Elections, voting and political parties

Part IV. Policies and Performances
8. Economic policy
9. Welfare and rights
10. Foreign policy

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