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Italy Between Europeanization and Domestic Politics

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Italy Between Europeanization and Domestic Politics

Edited by Sergio Fabbrini and Vincent Della Sala

276 pages, 1 appendix

ISBN  978-1-84545-128-8 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (February 2004)

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In 2003, the government headed by Silvio Berlusconi attempted to take Italian public policy in a new direction. In social and labor market policy it challenged concertation; in foreign policy, it tried to transform the country’s traditional Europeanist position into a pro-Atlantic stance; within the European Union, it promoted an inter-governmental position. The government's plans to alter the status quo did not always succeed, due to tensions within the majority. The opposition, in the meantime, mobilized around the issue of peace and the Iraq war. European Commission President Romano Prodi responded to the Ulivo coalition’s fragmentation by proposing a unitary list for the 2004 European elections. There were also repeated attempts to change the features of public policy and political competition, countered by noteworthy forms of resistance.

Vincent Della Sala is Associate Professor in the Facolty of Sociology and the School of International Studies at the University of Trento where he teaches political science. His recent publications have focused on questions related to European and international political economy. 

Sergio Fabbrini is Professor in the Faculty of Sociology at the University of Trento, where he teaches Political Science. He is editor of the Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica. He has recently edited L’europeizzazione dell’Italia. L’impatto dell’Unione europea sulle istituzioni e le politiche italiane (Laterza, 2003).

The Istituto Carlo Cattaneo, founded in 1965, is a private, non-profit research organization. It aims to promote, finance and conduct research, studies and other activities that contribute to the knowledge of contemporary Italian society and, especially, the Italian political system.
Subject: History: 20th Century to Present
Area: Southern Europe


Chronology of Political Events, 2003
Compiled by Marco Brunazzo

Introduction: Italy Between Europeanization and Domestic Politics
Sergio Fabbrini and Vincent Della Sala

Chapter 1. The Ulivo: Death or Transfiguration?
Michele Salvati

Chapter 2. The 2003 Local Elections: First Local and Then National Defeats for the Casa delle Libertà
Guido Legnante

Chapter 3. The Governance of the Center-right Coalition
Mark Donovan

Chapter 4. The End of Bipartisan Consensus? Italian Foreign Policy and the War in Iraq
Osvaldo Croci

Chapter 5. The Italian Presidency of the European Union: An “Abnormal” Semester?
Francesca Morata

Chapter 6. Science Against Politics or the Politicization of Science? The Reform of Research Agencies and the Debate over Research
Massimiano Bucchi and Federico Neresini

Chapter 7. RAI under the Center-Right: Wither 50 Years of Public Service Television?
Matthew Hibberd

Chapter 8. The Referendum on Article 18 and Labour Market Flexibility
Lucio Baccaro and Marco Simoni

Chapter 9. The Gianni Agnelli Funeral: A National Identification Rite
Gaspare Nevola

Chapter 10. "No to the War with No Ifs or Buts”: Protests Against the War in Iraq
Donatella della Porta and Mario Diani

Chapter 11. Italian Football between Conflict and State Aid
Nicola Porro and Pippo Russo

Documentary Appendix
Compiled by Susy Monica Lelli

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