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Comparative Territorial Politics

The Party Politics of Decentralization

The Territorial Dimension in Italian Party Agendas

Authors: Basile, Linda

  • Studies the processes of decentralization, agenda-setting and policy change within Italian territorial politics
  • Provides both theoretical and methodological analyses 
  • Contributes to our understanding of party politics on a territorial scale 
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This book addresses the process of decentralization in Italy, examined from the perspective of political parties. In particular, it assesses whether and to what extent the dynamics of party competition are likely to shape policy agenda and affect policy change. The author starts by providing a thorough account of the process and history of Italian decentralization and the policy outcomes achieved over time, before discussing how party attention to an issue triggers related policy changes (manipulation of salience). Next, the focus shifts to the concrete positions adopted by parties on decentralization to assess whether the pattern of party competition has been consensual or adversarial, and how this pattern influenced the process of reform (manipulation of position). Finally, the author examines the role of frames in party competition. This volume offers essential research that will prove useful to a variety of audiences, ranging from scholars of territorial and Italian politics to those interested in agenda-setting, policy change, and party politics.

About the authors

Linda Basile is Research Fellow at the Department of Social, Political, and Cognitive Sciences of the University of Siena, Italy. Her work has been published in Party Politics and Regional & Federal Studies.

Reviews

“Devolution of powers from the State to regions is a crucial issue in contemporary European politics, as the recent cases of Scotland and Catalonia demonstrate. In this book, Linda Basile unveils the role party politics plays in these processes, using Italy as a case study. Not only is the book the most accurate available reconstruction of Italian regionalization, but its research design, based on issue salience, party positions and frames, represents an innovative methodological contribution to the study of any policy area in any country.” (Filippo Tronconi, University of Bologna, Italy)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • The Party Politics of Decentralization: Theory, Definitions, Research Design, and Methods

    Basile, Linda

    Pages 1-25

  • Setting the Scene: The Direction and Pattern of Decentralization in Italy

    Basile, Linda

    Pages 27-65

  • Salience: Putting Decentralization on the Agenda: The Role of Political Parties

    Basile, Linda

    Pages 67-108

  • Position: Sharp Conflict or Shared Consensus?

    Basile, Linda

    Pages 109-184

  • Frames: The Art of Justifying Preferences

    Basile, Linda

    Pages 185-216

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-75853-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-75852-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Party Politics of Decentralization
Book Subtitle
The Territorial Dimension in Italian Party Agendas
Authors
Series Title
Comparative Territorial Politics
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-75853-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-75853-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-75852-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 259
Number of Illustrations
24 b/w illustrations
Topics