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Struggles for Hegemony in Italy’s Crisis Management

A Case Study on the 2012 Labour Market Reform


Part of the Contributions to Political Science book series (CPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Daniela Caterina
    Pages 1-14
  3. Research Framework

  4. Context Analysis

  5. Actor-Process Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
  6. Daniela Caterina
    Pages 287-300

About this book


This book investigates the struggles for hegemony, and a possible ‘crisis of crisis management’ at the core of Italy’s political economy. With a specific focus on the conflict over the 2012 labour market reform, the book also explores the country’s trajectory in the area of economic and social reproduction. It presents a framework for critical policy analysis that draws on cultural political economy and explores its potential synergies with complementary approaches such as historical materialist policy analysis and critical discourse analysis. Readers will gain an understanding of crisis dynamics in the aftermath of 2008, and insights into related political reactions. The book will also help them develop the analytical tools needed to make sense of these puzzling phenomena. 


Gramscian hegemony theory Critical policy analysis Cultural political economy Historical materialist policy analysis Critical discourse analysis Practical argumentation Italian political economy Crisis management Labour market reform Welfare and workfare

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany

About the authors

Daniela Caterina holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and is currently a Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy, School of Humanities of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China. Her research focuses on, among others, critical political economy, materialist state theory, discourse analysis, European integration and Italian politics.


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