© 2009

The Italian General Election of 2008

Berlusconi Strikes Back

  • Editors
  • James L. Newell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction: a Guide to the Election and ‘Instructions for Use’

  3. The Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Alfio Mastropaolo
      Pages 25-42
    3. Michele Capriati
      Pages 43-61
    4. Giovanna Antonia Fois
      Pages 62-81
  4. The Run-Up to the Election

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Ilaria Favretto
      Pages 85-101
    3. Daniele Albertazzi, Duncan McDonnell
      Pages 102-117
    4. Mark Donovan
      Pages 118-134
  5. The Campaign

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Donatella Campus
      Pages 137-149
    3. Cristopher Cepernich
      Pages 171-189
  6. The Outcome

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Gianfranco Pasquino
      Pages 228-242
    3. James L. Newell
      Pages 243-253
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 255-266

About this book


A lively account of the general election of 2008 and of its profound significance for Italy and beyond. It gets to grips with the complexities of Italian politics in an exceptionally clear way. Covering the background to the election, the campaign, the parties, voting and the outcome, it is comprehensive in approach and tells a fascinating 'story'.


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About the authors

JAMES L. NEWELL is Professor of Politics at the University of Salford, UK. His recent books include Parties and Democracy in Italy; Italian Politics: Adjustment under Duress (with M. Bull); The Italian General Election of 2006 (ed.). He is co-editor of European Political Science and co-convenor of the UK Political Studies Association's (PSA's) Italian Politics Specialist Group.

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