Arianna Giovannini

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    The Five Star Movement’s victories in Italy’s mayoral elections: A major blow for Renzi and the PD

The Five Star Movement’s victories in Italy’s mayoral elections: A major blow for Renzi and the PD

Italy’s Five Star Movement secured victory in mayoral elections in Rome and Turin on 19 June. James L. Newell and Arianna Giovannini interpret the results as a major blow for Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi. Substantial problems now lie ahead for the Italian government, as the PM faces a looming referendum on constitutional reform on which he has staked […]

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    The election of Italy’s new president has strengthened Matteo Renzi’s grip over Italian politics

The election of Italy’s new president has strengthened Matteo Renzi’s grip over Italian politics

On 31 January, Sergio Mattarella, a former Constitutional Court judge, was elected as the new President of Italy. James L. Newell and Arianna Giovannini write that while the formal powers assigned to the President remain fairly limited, the appointment of Mattarella represented an important victory for Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi. They argue that the nature of the negotiations […]

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    Matteo Renzi’s transition to power is a gamble not just for his party, but for the Italian political system as a whole

Matteo Renzi’s transition to power is a gamble not just for his party, but for the Italian political system as a whole

Last week Italian prime minister Enrico Letta resigned, with the general secretary of the Partito Democratico, Matteo Renzi, expected to take over as the country’s new PM. Arianna Giovannini and James L. Newell assess Renzi’s transition to power and the stakes for both his party and the wider situation in Italy. They note that although Renzi was the obvious successor […]

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The election of Matteo Renzi as the leader of the PD might herald a ‘New Labour’ style revolution in Italy’s centre-left

Matteo Renzi was elected as the new general secretary of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) in Italy. Arianna Giovannini and James L. Newell assess the implications of the election for the PD and the wider political landscape in the country. They note that Renzi has generally been portrayed as a similar figure to Tony Blair in the UK due to […]

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The PD’s leadership election might signal the first step in the re-legitimation of the Italian political system

The centre-left Partito Democratico (PD) suffered a disappointing result in this year’s Italian elections. After the resignation of party secretary Pier Luigi Bersani, a new leader is due to be elected in December. Arianna Giovannini and James L. Newell assess the significance of the leadership contest, which the Mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, is favourite to win. They argue that […]

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