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The Italian General Election of 2008
 
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The Italian General Election of 2008
Berlusconi Strikes Back
Edited by James L. Newell
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
31 Mar 2009
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In this book leading academics provide comprehensive analysis of an election whose outcome has been perhaps the most dramatic in Italian history. Covering the political, economic and foreign-policy background, the campaign and the outcome, the book offers a sequel to earlier volumes on the 2001 and 2006 elections – thus giving the added value of a work allowing direct comparison of 2008 with the previous elections – while providing important insights into the current trajectory of Italian politics. Like the previous volumes, the book begins with the context in which the election took place – before considering the preparations made by the two main electoral coalitions in the lead up to the campaign; the campaign issues; the role of the media; the electorate; the new parliament; the new government. Accessible to both specialists and the interested general reader, this book is essential reading for academics, election analysts, journalists and policy-makers alike.


Description

In this book leading academics provide comprehensive analysis of an election whose outcome has been perhaps the most dramatic in Italian history. Covering the political, economic and foreign-policy background, the campaign and the outcome, the book offers a sequel to earlier volumes on the 2001 and 2006 elections – thus giving the added value of a work allowing direct comparison of 2008 with the previous elections – while providing important insights into the current trajectory of Italian politics. Like the previous volumes, the book begins with the context in which the election took place – before considering the preparations made by the two main electoral coalitions in the lead up to the campaign; the campaign issues; the role of the media; the electorate; the new parliament; the new government. Accessible to both specialists and the interested general reader, this book is essential reading for academics, election analysts, journalists and policy-makers alike.


Contents

Introduction: A Guide to the Election and 'Instructions for Use'; J.L.Newell
PART I: THE CONTEXT
The Political Context 2006 – 2008; A.Mastropaolo
The Economic Context; M.Capriati
The EU and International Contexts; G.A.Fois
PART II: THE RUN-UP TO THE ELECTION
The Parties of the Centre Left; I.Favretto
The Parties of the Centre Right: Many Oppositions, One Leader; D.Albertazzi& D.McDonnell
The Processes of Alliance Formation; M.Donovan
PART III: THE CAMPAIGN
Campaign Issues and Themes; D.Campus
The Low Intensity Media Campaign and a Vote That Comes From Far Back; F.Roncarolo
The New Technologies: The First Internet 2.0 Election; C.Cepernich
PART IV: THE OUTCOME
Italian Voters: Berlusconi's Victory and the 'New' Italian Party System; A.Chiaramonte
A Different Legislature? The Parliamentary Scene Following the 2008 Elections; F.Russo& L.Verzichelli
The Formation of the Fourth Berlusconi Government; G.Pasquino
Conclusion: A Watershed Election?; J.L.Newell


Authors

JAMES L. NEWELL is Professor of Politics at the University of Salford, UK. His recent books include Parties and Democracy in Italy; Italian Politics: Adjustment under Duress (with M. Bull); The Italian General Election of 2006 (ed.). He is co-editor of European Political Science and co-convenor of the UK Political Studies Association's (PSA's) Italian Politics Specialist Group.