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The Italian General Election of 2018

Italy in Uncharted Territory

  • Luigi Ceccarini
  • James L. Newell
Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Luigi Ceccarini, James L. Newell
    Pages 1-17
  3. The Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. James L. Newell
      Pages 21-42
    3. Michele Capriati
      Pages 43-72
    4. Maria Giulia Amadio Viceré
      Pages 73-94
  4. The Run-Up to the Election

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. James L. Newell
      Pages 121-138
    3. Fabio Bordignon, Luigi Ceccarini
      Pages 139-163
  5. The Campaign

  6. The Outcome

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Alessandro Chiaramonte, Aldo Paparo
      Pages 247-270
    3. Bruno Marino, Nicola Martocchia Diodati, Luca Verzichelli
      Pages 271-295
    4. Gianfranco Pasquino
      Pages 297-315
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 331-341

About this book

Introduction

This book provides a lively and comprehensive account of the unprecedented Italian general election of 2018 and of its profound significance for Italy and beyond. The contributions in this volume cover the political, economic and international contexts in which the vote took place, and consider the main election contenders in the run-up to the election as well as the campaigns. The book further examines the election outcome, analysing the votes and discussing the impact of the election on the turnover of parliamentary personnel as well as examining the outcome from the viewpoint of government formation.

James L. Newell is a former professor of politics at the University of Salford, UK, and currently a visiting professor at the University of Turin, Italy. He is co-editor of Contemporary Italian Politics and the author of Corruption in Contemporary Politics(2018) and Silvio Berlusconi: A Study in Failure (2018).

Luigi Ceccarini is a researcher for the Laboratory of Political and Social Studies, LaPolis, at the University of Urbino "Carlo Bo", Italy, where he teaches society and politics. He is co-editor of Comunicazione Politica and the author of La cittadinanza online (2015) and Tra politica e società (with I. Diamanti, 2018).

Keywords

Forza Italia five-star movement Italian government globalisation economic policy income distribution labour market policy Italian general election Eurozone crisis refugee crisis migration crisis Henry Drucker Matteo Renzi Berlusconi League party strategies populism political communication digital campaigning de-institutionalisation

Editors and affiliations

  • Luigi Ceccarini
    • 1
  • James L. Newell
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Economia, Società, PoliticaUniversity of Urbino Carlo BoUrbinoItaly
  2. 2.ManchesterUK

About the editors

Luigi Ceccarini is a researcher for the Laboratory of Political and Social Studies, LaPolis, at the University of Urbino "Carlo Bo", Italy, where he teaches society and politics. He is co-editor of Comunicazione Politica and the author of La cittadinanza online (2015) and Tra politica e società (with I. Diamanti, 2018).

James L. Newell is a former professor of politics at the University of Salford, UK, and currently a visiting professor at the University of Turin, Italy. He is co-editor of Contemporary Italian Politics and the author of Corruption in Contemporary Politics(2018) and Silvio Berlusconi: A Study in Failure (2018).

Bibliographic information

Reviews

“An insightful overview of contemporary Italian politics by some of the leading experts in public opinion, media, and parties. Highly recommended for international readers wishing to understand where the Lega/M5S populist government comes from, and why.” (Mauro Barisione, University of Milan, Italy)“Italian politics has often provided a portent of the possible transformations of other established democracies. The 2018 election was no exception, producing the first elected populist government since WWII. This book offers a clear, comprehensive and compelling account of the context, conduct, outcomes and broader significance of the campaign. Required reading for Italian specialists, it is accessible to, and should be read by, anyone interested in the future of democracy more generally.” (Richard Bellamy, European University Institute, Fiesole, Italy)

“A very important book, one essential for understanding the real tsunami in Italian Politics brought on by the elections of March 2018, written by excellent political scientists. The authors provide many data and a range of analyses covering the election campaign, the result of the vote and the political parties taking into account the economic, European and international contexts. They also discuss the new Parliament and the new government. An extremely useful volume.” (Marc Lazar, Sciences Po, Paris, France)