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Edited by Carlo Guarnieri and James L. Newell
A Publication of the Istituto Cattaneo, Bologna
328 pages, bibliog., tables, graphs
ISBN 978-1-84545-137-0 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (January 2005)
2004 was a year that threw into sharp relief the principal features of the present political conjuncture, that is, one in which the Italian political transition shows few signs of coming to a conclusion. 2004 was, therefore, a year of limited change, one in which reforms were announced but not fully achieved and where the few that were achieved were noteworthy for the compromises that were necessary in order to make them possible at all. It was, too, a year in which there emerged a stalemate between the center-right and center-left coalitions which, pending the regional elections of 2005 and the general election of 2006, took almost equal shares of the vote at the elections for the European Parliament.
This volume examines these elections, paying special attention to Forza Italia, the prime minister's party, and the workings of the governing alliance and gives a well-rounded overview over the year's most important developments regarding the government’s approach to the European constitution, the new judicial system, and the pensions legislation – the only major reform actually completed during 2004.
Carlo Guarnieri is Professor of Political Science, University of Bologna.
James L. Newell is Reader in Politics, School of English, Sociology, Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Salford.
Subject: History: 20th Century to Present
Area: Southern Europe
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