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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)
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
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