Political Institutions in Italy

Paperback | April 4, 2007

byMaurizio Cotta, Luca Verzichelli

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The book focuses on the most recent developments in Italian politics, particularly those of the last 10-15 years. A longer historical perspective, covering the post-war period, is also supplied, providing the reader with the tools for understanding this period of change.The authors address a number of themes, paradoxes and problems inherent to Italian politics. The first theme concerns the shifting balance between the central administration and the periphery. The second theme concerns the divide between governing parties and permanent oppositions. The third themerelates to the mix of political discontinuity and instability with a simultaneous stability of political parties. Finally, the book considers the relationship between the Italian domestic system and the international system. In particular, it examines the impact of the East-West international divide on Italian politics and the Italian party system, and the relationship between Italy and Europe, and Italy'sstrong support of European integration.

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The book focuses on the most recent developments in Italian politics, particularly those of the last 10-15 years. A longer historical perspective, covering the post-war period, is also supplied, providing the reader with the tools for understanding this period of change.The authors address a number of themes, paradoxes and problems inh...

Maurizio Cotta is Professor of Political Science and Comparative Politics at the University of Siena. Luca Verzichelli is Associate Professor of Political Science and Italian Politics at the University of Siena.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:April 4, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Italian Polity and its Long-Term Transformations2. The Republic of Parties3. Electoral Systems and Elections4. The Executive5. The Parliament6. Local Government7. Bureacracy and Regulatory Bodies8. Judicial Power