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The ideological shifts, economics and geopolitics of the Italian elections

The agenda of Italy’s new anti-liberal, Eurosceptic and pro-Russian government could have significant ramifications far beyond Italy This post elucidates on the three key implications following the 2018 Italian general elections and the recent appointment of Italy’s new government: the consolidation of anti-liberal ideologies, the impact of a potential Italian exit from the euro on global financial stability, the geopolitical … Continue reading

12 June 2018 by
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Italy in an age of authoritarian liberalism

How the recent history of Italian capitalism has been shaped by populists and technocrats Italy is not only divided, as the recent elections have once again demonstrated, but also as divisive as usual. Optimists point to its recent recovery and 9th place in world GDP rankings (ahead of rising giants such as Russia or Indonesia); pessimists highlight that since the … Continue reading

17 May 2018 by
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How a new electoral law could shape the 2018 Italian elections

Italy’s new electoral law – used for the first time in this weekend’s election – could have a wide-ranging impact on the country’s politics By the end of Sunday 4th March Italian voters will discover a lot more about themselves than they have known for years, thanks to their brand new electoral law whose main target is to represent them … Continue reading

2 March 2018 by
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The politics of fear: how immigration is dominating the Italian election campaign

Growing popular concern about immigration could see the centre-right benefit in Sunday’s election The politics of fear is once again affecting the Italian elections. After debates about fake news and the promise of very expensive, and for this reason unachievable, policies, shaped the first stage of the electoral campaign, the immigration issue has been at the heart of public discussion … Continue reading

2 March 2018 by
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Silvio Berlusconi: what to expect from the comeback king in Italy’s election

Berlusconi’s reputation as one of Europe’s most remarkable politicians of recent decades remains fully deserved When he was booted out of office in 2011, Silvio Berlusconi’s political career appeared to enter a new, and seemingly final, phase. He was occupied less frequently in setting the political agenda than in reacting to agendas set by others. He was already elderly and support for his Forza … Continue reading

1 March 2018 by
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The radical left in the 2018 Italian election

Torn between centre-left respectability and anti-establishment protest, the Italian radical left struggles to devise a coherent and appealing political project The electoral campaign of the forthcoming Italian election on 4 March 2018 is being dominated by three main poles: a centre-right coalition led by Forza Italia (FI) and Lega Nord (Lega); the anti-establishment Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S), running alone; and … Continue reading

21 February 2018 by
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Europe (and immigration) among the new Eurosceptics in the 2018 Italian elections

Populist ‘elites vs the people’ narratives are playing upon rising Euroscepticism and concerns about immigration Recent comment pieces and public opinion data address the increasing dissatisfaction with the European Union (EU) among Italian citizens. Although Italy has always been presented and is well known as one of the most Euro-enthusiast countries, levels of public Euroscepticism have started to increase since … Continue reading

21 February 2018 by
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The intricacies of coalition-making in the 2018 Italian election

Italy’s parties are engaging in complex official and unofficial coalition building. The outcome will determine who will form and lead Italy’s next government The forthcoming Italian political elections, due to take place on 4 March 2018, are both unpredictable and likely to have major repercussions both within the country and in Europe as a whole. This is due in great … Continue reading

19 February 2018 by
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The 2018 Italian election: old faces, new parties, familiar uncertainty

Over the coming weeks a new blog series with the PSA Italian Politics Specialist Group will look ahead to the Italian election on March 4th and analyse the results In under three weeks time Italy will return to the polls for what promises to be another controversial general election, with immigration and the state of the economy having been afforded a prominent … Continue reading

14 February 2018 by
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