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Italy : A Difficult Democracy: A Survey of Italian Politics - Frederic Spotts


A Difficult Democracy: A Survey of Italian Politics


Published: 5th January 1987
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Italy is the world"s sixth economic power, lies in a key geopolitical position, and was a founding member of NATO and the European Community. Yet of all the major European states Italy is the least understood and studied. This book provides the only up-to-date survey of the Italian political scene during the forty years since World War II. It describes the inner-dynamics of the political parties, the day-to-day functioning of the governing institutions, and the interaction of the country"s economic, social, and political life. It shows how a political system, riven with difficulties and seemingly in a continual crisis, survives and prospers - in some ways more successfully than its purportedly better-governed neighbours. Based on the authors" first-hand observations of Italian politics, the book offers a valuable insight into a subtle and complex, but fascinating political world.

"...A solid, clearly written guide to contemporary Italy." Patrick McCarthy, The Review of Politics

the Political Context
The Christian Democrats: The Indispensable center
The Communists' struggle for legitimacy and acceptance
The ambiguous role of the Socialists
The small parties: The lay forces and the extremes
Parliament, prime minister and president
Public administration and sottogoverno
The administration of justice
Dangers to the state: Plots, terrorism, and the mafia
Economic and social transformation
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ISBN: 9780521315111
ISBN-10: 0521315115
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 5th January 1987
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.51