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The Center-Left's Poisoned Victory
Edited by Jean-Louis Briquet and Alfio Mastropaolo
322 pages, 50 tables, bibliog.
ISBN 978-1-84545-558-3 $59.95/£42.00 Pb Published (May 2008)
The year 2006 was by all means an "election" year: a significant proportion of voters were called to the polls three times. In at least two - the parliamentary elections of 9-10 April and the 25-26 June constitutional referendum - the voters' choices had extraordinary consequences. The parliamentary elections awarded victory to the center-left by the slimmest of margins, yet ushered in a radical change in government, whereas the referendum saw the rejection of the substantial revision of the Constitution that had been promoted by the previous center-right government. This volume deals with these elections and their effects, namely the changes in the government majority and the Presidency of the Republic, as well as the center-right's unsuccessful attempt at revenge in local elections through the constitutional referendum, both resulting in wide-ranging changes introduced by the new majority in foreign policy. Other significant events are also examined, such as the Russian natural gas crisis; the anti-high speed train movement; the capture of mafia don Bernardo Provenzano; the scandals that marred the world soccer in the year the national team won the World Cup; and the suspicious dealings involving telecommunications giant Telecom.
Jean-Louis Briquet is CNRS research director at Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI, Paris). He teaches Comparative Politics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. He has recently published Mafia, justice et politique en Italie. L'affaire Andreotti dans la crise de la République (Paris, Karthala, 2007).
Alfio Mastropaolo teaches Political Science at the University of Turin. His publications include La mucca pazza della democrazia. Nuove destre, populismo, antipolitica (Bollati Boringhieri, Turin, 2005) and (with Luca Verzichelli) Il parlamento. Le assemblee legislative nelle democrazie contemporanee (Bari-Roma, Laterza, 2006).
Subject: Postwar History
Area: Southern Europe
BISAC: POL008000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/Political Process/Elections; POL007000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/Political Ideologies/Democracy
BIC: JPFF Socialism & left-of-centre democratic ideologies; JPHF Elections & referenda
Introduction:The Center-Left’s Poisoned Victory
Jean-Louis Briquet and Alfio Mastropaolo
Chapter 1. The General Election of 9–10 April: A Country Divided in Half or in Lots of Different Pieces?
Ilvo Diamanti and Salvatore Vassallo
Chapter 2. Eviction Canceled: The 2006 Local Elections
Chapter 3. The Constitutional Referendum of June 2006: End of the “Great Reform” but Not of Reform Itself
Martin J. Bull
Chapter 4. From Ciampi to Napolitano
Marie-Claire Ponthoreau and Hervé Rayner
Chapter 5. The New Government and the Spoils System
Chapter 6. The Israeli-Lebanese War: Italy and the Recasting of an Effective Multilateralism
Chapter 7. Decision-Making in the Val di Susa Case: Too Rigid or Too Soft?
Chapter 8. Telecom Italia: The Parallel Returns (1997–2006)
Chapter 9. Energy Policy in Italy: Contingent Emergency and Structural Weakness
Chapter 10. Calciopoli: Reasons and Scenarios for the Soccer Scandal
Chapter 11. The Capture of Bernardo Provenzano
Compiled by Debora Mantovani
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