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Titolo: A Changing Republic. Politics and Democracy in Italy
Autore: Gianfranco Pasquino and Marco Valbruzzi
Collana: Political Sciences
Anno: 2015
ISBN: 978-88-98014-79-8
Prezzo: 26,00 €

Going against all the stereotypes used by foreign and Italian experts, this book throws vivid light on the Italian political system since 1994. Bad politics and a resilient democracy characterize the evolution of the Italian political system.
There are old problems, such as the perennial trasformismo, put in the not so constraining straightjackets of ferocious bipolarism. But one can also find political innovations such as primary elections having significantly contributed to the transformation of the Partito Democratico, the only organization deserving the label “party”.
Partitocrazia has not disappeared, but its impact has been limited especially by the Presidents of the Republic. The power and the political imagination of the Italian Presidents have also led to another innovation: the formation of non-partisan governments in the hands of inexperienced personalities. Democratic rules and procedures are not eliminated, but conflict-ridden party politics is suspended. While the game of reforming yet another time the electoral law continues, the readers of this dense book will be equipped to understand the vagaries of Italian politics and to provide a sober evaluation of a democracy of modest quality.


Gianfranco Pasquino is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Bologna and Fellow of the Accademia dei Lincei. Former President of the Società Italiana di Scienza Politica (2010-2013), his most recent books are Partiti, istituzioni, democrazie (2014) and Cittadini senza scettro. Le riforme sbagliate (2015). He has co-edited the Dizionario di Politica (2014, 4a ed.) and the Oxford Handbook of Italian Politics (forthcoming 2015).
Marco Valbruzzi is PhD Researcher at the European University Institute (Florence). He is the author of Primarie. Partecipazione e leadership (2005) and co-editor, with G. Pasquino, of Il potere dell’alternanza. Teorie e ricerche sui cambi di governo (2011). His last co-edited books are Quarant’anni di scienza politica in Italia (2013) and L’Italia e l’Europa al bivio delle riforme (2014).