The Oxford Handbook of Italian Politics

ISBN : 9780198833970

Erik Jones; Gianfranco Pasquino
800 ページ
170 x 244 mm
Oxford Handbooks

The Oxford Handbook of Italian Politics provides a comprehensive look at the political life of one of Europe's most exciting and turbulent democracies. Under the hegemonic influence of Christian Democracy in the early post-World War II decades, Italy went through a period of rapid growth and political transformation. In part this resulted in tumult and a crisis of governability; however, it also gave rise to innovation in the form of Eurocommunism and new forms of political accommodation. The great strength of Italy lay in its constitution; its great weakness lay in certain legacies of the past. Organized crime-popularly but not exclusively associated with the mafia-is one example. A self-contained and well entrenched 'caste' of political and economic elites is another. These weaknesses became apparent in the breakdown of political order in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This ushered in a combination of populist political mobilization and experimentation with electoral systems design, and the result has been more evolutionary than transformative. Italian politics today is different from what it was during the immediate post-World War II period, but it still shows many of the influences of the past.


I. Core Concepts
1 James L. Newell: La Classe Dirigente
2 Anthony L. Cardoza: The Risorgimento
3 Marco Valbruzzi: Trasformismo
4 Maurizio Cotta: Partitocracy: Parties and Their Critics in Italian Political Life
5 John A. Davis: A Tale of Two Italies? The 'Southern Question' Past and Present
II. Political Institutions
6 Giuliano Amato: The Constitution
7 Gianfranco Pasquino: The Presidents of the Republic
8 Mauro Calise: Government and Prime Minister
9 Salvatore Vassallo: The Parliament
10 Carlo Guarnieri: The Courts
11 Marta Regalia: Electoral Systems
12 Carol Mershon: Party Systems in Post-World War II Italy
13 Simona Piattoni: Bureaucracy
III. Political Traditions
14 Gianfranco Baldini: Christian Democracy: The Italian Party
15 Paolo Bellucci: Communists
16 Nicolo Conti: Socialists, Republicans, and Radicals
17 Piero Ignazi: Fascists and Post-fascists
18 Gianluca Passarelli: Populism and the Lega Nord
19 Giovanni Orsina: Liberalism and Liberals
IV. Political Periods
20 Paolo Pombeni: Christian Democracy in Power, 1946-1963
21 Ilaria Favretto: The 'Opening to the Left'
22 Stephen Hellman: The Compromesso Storico
23 Martin J. Bull: The Pentapartito
24 Martin Rhodes: Tangentopoli - More than Twenty Years on
25 Jonathan Hopkin: Bipolarity (and After)
V. Major Figures
26 Aldo Agosti: Alcide De Gasperi and Palmiro Togliati
27 Valerio Castronovo: Gianni Agnelli and Enrico Mattei
28 Emanuele Bernardi: Aldo Moro and Enrico Berlinguer
29 Antonio Varsori: Bettino Craxi and Giulio Andreotti
30 Mark Donovan and Mark Gilbert: Silvio Berlusconi and Romano Prodi
VI. Religion and Politics
31 Alberto Melloni: The Catholic Hierarchy
32 Paolo Acanfora: The Catholic Right
33 Roberto Cipriani and Veronica Roldan: Religious Differentiation and New Religions in Italy
34 Massimo Teodori: The Laity
VII. Economic Institutions, Associations, and Interests
35 Chiara Saraceno: Trends and Tensions within the Italian Family
36 Giuseppe Berta: Industry and the Firm
37 Patrick Vesan: Labour Market Policy and Politics
38 Maurizio Ferrera and Matteo Jessoula: The Welfare State: Pensions and Health Care
39 Lucia Quaglia: The Bank of Italy
40 Marino Regini: Trade Unions
41 Carlo Carboni: Liberal and Licensed Professions
42 Vera Zamagni: The Cooperative Movement
VIII. Politics, Culture, and Society
43 Stephen Gundle: Cinema and Television
44 Paolo Mancini: Print Media
45 Nadia Urbinati: Intellectuals
46 David Hine: Public Ethics and Political Corruption in Italy
47 Donatella Campus: Women in Politics
48 Giuseppe Sciortino: Immigration
49 Donatella della Porta: Social Movements
50 Anna Cento Bull: Terrorist Movements
51 Letizia Paoli: Mafia, Camorra and 'Ndrangheta
IX. External Relations
52 Mario Del Pero: Italy and the Atlantic Alliance
53 Vincent Della Sala: Gli Esami Non Finiscono Mai : Italy and the European Union
54 Roberto Aliboni: Italy and the Mediterranean after WWII


Erik Jones is Professor of European Studies and Director of European and Eurasian Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College in Oxford, United Kingdom.; Gianfranco Pasquino is the James Anderson Senior Adjunct Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies of The Johns Hopkins University, and was Professor of Political Science at the University of Bologna until 2012. He was a member of the Italian Senate (1983-1992: 1994-1996); has served as a parliamentary observer for the plebiscite (1988) and presidential elections (1989) in Chile; was awarded the laurea honoris causa from the Catholic University of Cordoba, University of Buenos Aires and University de La Plata; and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Enciclopedia Italiana, President of the Societa Italiana di Scienza Politica and a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.