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    Unless the Yes campaign can shift tactics, Italy’s constitutional referendum is heading for a No vote

Unless the Yes campaign can shift tactics, Italy’s constitutional referendum is heading for a No vote

Italy’s constitutional referendum, scheduled for 4 December, has been billed as a vote of confidence in the country’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi. James Dennison and Jonas Bergan Draege illustrate, however, the more voters are invited to link the proposed reforms to Renzi, the less likely they are to support them. They suggest that with support for the reforms falling […]

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    Will Italy’s constitutional referendum mark the beginning of a ‘Third Republic’?

Will Italy’s constitutional referendum mark the beginning of a ‘Third Republic’?

On 4 December, Italy will hold a referendum on constitutional reform that has come to be viewed as a vote of confidence in Matteo Renzi’s government. Fabio Bordignon writes that Italy now has two very different paths in front of it: a Yes vote will potentially lead to a more presidential form of politics, while a No vote could […]

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    Italy’s constitutional reform is ill conceived and can safely be rejected

Italy’s constitutional reform is ill conceived and can safely be rejected

Italy will hold a referendum on constitutional reform before the end of the year, with the country’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, indicating that he will resign if the referendum fails. Gianfranco Pasquino and Andrea Capussela provide a comprehensive assessment of the proposed reforms, arguing that they would be unlikely to meaningfully improve Italian governance and could reduce levels of […]

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    Italy’s constitutional referendum: Mapping the possible political scenarios

Italy’s constitutional referendum: Mapping the possible political scenarios

Italy’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, has stated that he will resign if he loses a referendum on constitutional reform scheduled to take place before the end of the year. Lorenzo Codogno writes that although the referendum will have major implications for the Italian government and the next general election, concerns about the wider impact on Italy’s political and financial […]

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