Michael E. Shin's Berlusconi's Italy: Mapping Contemporary Italian Politics PDF

By Michael E. Shin

ISBN-10: 1592137172

ISBN-13: 9781592137176

Considering that 1994, Italian politics has been ruled by way of the larger-than-life determine of Silvio Berlusconi. mixing dialogue of personalities, events, and regulations with distinct geographical analyses, this publication offers leading edge perception into Berlusconi's profession. "Berlusconi's Italy" presents a clean, completely trained account of ways Italy's richest guy got here to be its political chief. with no pushing aside the significance of personalities and political events, it emphasizes the importance of alterations in vote casting behaviors that resulted in the increase - and eventual fall - of Silvio Berlusconi, the millionaire media baron who turned best minister.Armed with new facts and new analytic instruments, Michael Shin and John Agnew exhibit that nearby politics and moving geographical vote casting styles have been way more vital to Berlusconi's successes than the commonly credited position of the mass media. Shin and Agnew reject the existing orthodoxy approximately how coalitions are geared up and changed in Italy. as a substitute, utilizing lately built equipment of spatial research, they provide a compelling new argument approximately contextual new version and mutation. They finish that Berlusconi's good fortune (and later defeat) might be top understood in geographic phrases, they usually recommend that geographical research has an invaluable position to play in studying political habit in Italy and past.

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As notable party leaders, such as the PSI’s Bettino Craxi, came under pub- PA RT Y R E P L A C E M E N T, I T A L I A N S T Y L E 49 lic scrutiny, others defected to create smaller parties; however, a sizeable political vacuum still remained for the taking in the center of Italian politics. The entrance of Silvio Berlusconi and his party, Forza Italia, into this political void left by the DC and PSI was unlike anything witnessed previously in Italian politics. Forza Italia’s success can be attributed to its appearance with the right message at the right time, to Berlusconi’s image as an outsider who was new to politics, and as described previously in Chapter 2, to his use of his three privately owned television networks.

This is less so in Sicily, where Forza Italia and the UDC have a stranglehold on much of the island. Elsewhere, the geographical pattern is fragmented. There is now no single zona meridionale. , Cannari and D’Alessio, 2003; Cannari and Chiri, 2004). Given that all major parties (and some minor ones) are now potentially parties of government, the historic bias of southern voters toward parties of national government now benefits none in particular. Furthermore, the different trajectories of political patronage and opinion voting in different places in the South, exposed most graphically by Simona Piattoni (1999; 2005a), suggest that different “souths” will find different parties more or less attractive depending on what is offered.

With respect to the SMD component and seats/votes for the two major coalitions, the trends from 1994 to 1996, 2001, and 2006 show a fairly clear geography when, for expository purposes, the administrative regions are adopted as the units of electoral aggregation. In terms of seats won, the northern and southern regions are the more volatile ones overall, with the central ones being more stable. 1). As in other majoritarian systems, it was the “swing” regions with the most marginal seats that determined the national outcome.

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