The Politics of Italy

The Politics of Italy

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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.13 Gladio, secret military organisation 104-5 globalisation 79, 109 effect on welfare policy 295 and supra-national problems 110 governance, ... Fund) 105, 322 Income of Last Resort (Reclaim di altima instanza) 303 independent authorities 135-7, 136 industrial districts 169 ... (1978) 257, 285 second reform ( 1992) 300-2 separation of tax and spending decisions 291 a€”2 third reform (1999 ) 302 378 Index.

Title:The Politics of Italy
Author: James L. Newell
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2010-01-28

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