The Formation of the Government

  • Gianfranco PasquinoEmail author


This chapter tells the story of how the Five-star Movement and the League came together to form an unprecedented and unanticipated coalition government. I start with the outcome of their post-election negotiations—an outcome which, though unexpected, is easily and un-problematically explained by widely accepted theories of coalition formation. I continue with an analysis of the complex negotiations between the two potential partners until they reached an agreement on what the Movement’s ‘political leader’, Luigi Di Maio, called a ‘Contract for a Government of Change’. I conclude with a few observations on the future of the so-called ‘yellow–green’ government and Italian politics. Throughout, I focus on several political and institutional issues that have been inadequately dealt with by Italian and non-Italian political scientists and pundits who have shown themselves to be part of the problem that prevents a satisfactory understanding of Italian politics.


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  1. 1.University of BolognaBolognaItaly

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