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The Faltering Transition

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Volume 15

Italian Politics

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The Faltering Transition

Edited by Mark Gilbert and Gianfranco Pasquino

288 pages, 17 tables, bibliog., chronology, index

ISBN  978-1-57181-840-9 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (January 2001)

Hb   Recommend to your Library Available in GOBI®


"This volume, ... in the invaluable Istituto Cattaneo annual series, is a very good example of the series in terms of quality and informative content ...[It] offers beginning students and seasoned scholars both necessary information and ample food for thought about the current phase of Italy's political development, and is a must for both university and private libraries."   · Italian Politics & Society


In 1999, Italy experienced another year of political uncertainty. The centre-left coalition government was weakened by infighting throughout the year and paid a high electoral price for its failure to present a common front to the electorate. In June, Silvio Berlusconi's Liberty Pole coalition won substantial victories in local elections including a symbolic triumph in Bologna, a stronghold of the Italian left. In December, bickering inside his parliamentary majority forced Massimo D'Alema, the prime minister, to reshuffle his cabinet. This was the first government crisis to be handled by Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, who became the tenth President of the Republic in May 1999. In the autumn, Giulio Andreotti, a seven-times prime minister, was acquitted of having colluded with the Sicilian Mafia, and with having ordered the murder.

Mark Gilbert is Lecturer in Italian History and Politics at the University of Bath.

Gianfranco Pasquino is Professor of Political Science at the University of Bologna.

Subject: History: 20th Century to Present
Area: Southern Europe


Chapter 1. Introduction: The Faltering Transition
Mark Gilbert and Gianfranco Pasquino

Chapter 2. Forced Ally? Italy and ‘Operation Allied Force’
Osvaldo Croci

Chapter 3. The End of Italy’s Referendum Anomaly?
Mark Donovan

Chapter 4. The Municipal Elections of 1999 and the «Defeat» of the Left in Bologna
Gianfranco Baldini, Guido Legnante

Chapter 5. The 1999 Elections to the European Parliament
Philip Daniels

Chapter 6. The Election of Carlo Azeglio Ciampi to the Presidency of the Republic
Gianfranco Pasquino

Chapter 7. History in the Courts: Andreotti’s Two Acquittals
Jean-Louis Briquet

Chapter 8. The Funding of Political Parties and Control of the Media: Another Italian Anomalyion
Véronique Pujas

Chapter 9. Transformations in Italian Capitalism: an Analysis of Olivetti’s Takeover of Telecom Italia
Dwayne Woods

Chapter 10. Italy’s December 1998 «Social Pact for Development and Employment»: Towards a New Political Economy for a «Normal Country»?
Michael Contarino

Chapter 11. The New South in the New Europe: the Case of Sviluppo Italia
Vincent Della Sala

Documentary Appendix
Compiled by Davide Martelli

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