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    Recent trends in Italy highlight the ‘presidentialised’ future of democratic politics in Europe

Recent trends in Italy highlight the ‘presidentialised’ future of democratic politics in Europe

Are European political systems becoming more ‘presidentialised’? Fortunato Musella writes on the experience of Italy in recent decades, first under the leadership of Silvio Berlusconi, and later under Matteo Renzi. He argues that the movement toward presidentialisation in the country is not unique to Italy and is part of a wider trend across western Europe.

Some cross-national trends are changing […]

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    Italy’s latest legislation on accounting fraud highlights the country’s difficulty in pursuing real economic and political reform

Italy’s latest legislation on accounting fraud highlights the country’s difficulty in pursuing real economic and political reform

Italy has a longstanding corruption problem which the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, has pledged to address. Andrea Lorenzo Capussela and Vito Intini write on a recent piece of legislation introduced in June which alters the rules on accounting fraud. They argue that the legislation has opened up a significant loophole and is indicative of the Italian political system’s […]

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    External pressure is needed to help Italy tackle its persistent corruption problem

External pressure is needed to help Italy tackle its persistent corruption problem

Corruption has been a persistent problem in Italy, with the country receiving one of the lowest scores of EU member states in Transparency International’s latest ‘Corruption Perceptions Index’. Andrea Lorenzo Capussela and Vito Intini provide a comprehensive look at the problem, noting that on several measures corruption has increased since the late 1990s. They argue that corruption in Italy […]

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    There is little evidence that the proposed reform of Italy’s labour market will actually generate growth or employment

There is little evidence that the proposed reform of Italy’s labour market will actually generate growth or employment

The Italian government has outlined a number of policies aimed at reforming Italy’s labour market, with the proposals receiving final approval in the Italian Senate on 3 December. Andrea Lorenzo Capussela and Vito Intini assess whether the reforms, which have proved controversial, will actually have the desired effect in generating economic growth and employment. They write that while increasing […]

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    The ‘domino effect’ from Scotland’s referendum is increasing demands for independence in Italian regions

The ‘domino effect’ from Scotland’s referendum is increasing demands for independence in Italian regions

While the independence movements in Scotland and Catalonia have received substantial attention, other countries across Europe are also facing demands from regions for greater autonomy or secession. Eve Hepburn writes on three such movements in Italy: in South Tyrol, Veneto and Sardinia. She argues that the result of the Scottish referendum is likely to shape the immediate future of […]

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    The European elections in Italy may be a signal that Beppe Grillo’s vision is simply too negative for Italians to accept in the long term

The European elections in Italy may be a signal that Beppe Grillo’s vision is simply too negative for Italians to accept in the long term

In Italy’s European Parliament elections Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party received over 40 per cent of the national vote, with Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement finishing in second place on just over 20 per cent. Roberto Orsi assesses what the elections mean for Italy’s political landscape. He notes that while Renzi has attempted to portray the country as simply requiring […]

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