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The Politics of Italy

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.
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Table of Contents

Introduction; 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; Appendix. The electoral system for the chamber of deputies and the senate.

About the Author

James L. Newell is Professor of Politics in the School of English, Sociology, Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Salford. He is the author of Italian Politics: Adjustment under Duress (with Martin Bull, 2005) and Parties and Democracy in Italy (2000), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters on Italian politics.

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