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The Faltering Transition
Edited by Mark Gilbert and Gianfranco Pasquino
288 pages, 17 tables, bibliog., chronology, index
ISBN 978-1-57181-840-9 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (January 2001)
"This volume, ... in the invaluable Istituto Cattaneo annual series, is a very good example of the series in terms of quality and informative content ...[It] offers beginning students and seasoned scholars both necessary information and ample food for thought about the current phase of Italy's political development, and is a must for both university and private libraries." · Italian Politics & Society
In 1999, Italy experienced another year of political uncertainty. The centre-left coalition government was weakened by infighting throughout the year and paid a high electoral price for its failure to present a common front to the electorate. In June, Silvio Berlusconi's Liberty Pole coalition won substantial victories in local elections including a symbolic triumph in Bologna, a stronghold of the Italian left. In December, bickering inside his parliamentary majority forced Massimo D'Alema, the prime minister, to reshuffle his cabinet. This was the first government crisis to be handled by Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, who became the tenth President of the Republic in May 1999. In the autumn, Giulio Andreotti, a seven-times prime minister, was acquitted of having colluded with the Sicilian Mafia, and with having ordered the murder.
Mark Gilbert is Lecturer in Italian History and Politics at the University of Bath.
Gianfranco Pasquino is Professor of Political Science at the University of Bologna.