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Governing Under Constraint

Edited by Maurizio Carbone and Simona Piattoni

278 pages,

ISBN  978-1-78533-568-6 $78.00/£55.00 Pb Published (December 2016)


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In 2015, Matteo Renzi’s government continued to elicit contrasting reactions while dealing with both internal and external constraints. Some say it passed crucial reforms for economic development in fields such as the labor market, the banking system, education, and public administration, in addition to passing a new electoral law. However, others criticize the substance and, even more, the way reforms were passed by constructing variable parliamentary majorities according to the vote at hand, thus avoiding the need to build consensual decision-making relationships with interest groups and further centralizing power in the office of the prime minister. Be that as it may, the government was able to impose its own agenda in domestic affairs. Although the success of the 2015 Universal Exposition in Milan helped to bolster the image of the country, Italy continued to play a marginal role in key international areas, such as migration, European austerity policies, and the fight against terrorism.

Maurizio Carbone is Professor of International Relations and Jean Monnet Chair of EU External Relations at the University of Glasgow.

Simona Piattoni is Professor of Political Science at the University of Trento.

Series: Volume 31, Italian Politics
Subject: Postwar History
Area: Southern Europe

BISAC: POL040000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/Government/General; POL025000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/Political Process/Leadership; POL008000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/Political Process/Elections

BIC: JPHL Political leaders & leadership; JPHF Elections & referenda