Italy has just elected a new President â€“ by giving the incumbent, Sergio Mattarella, a second term of office. An outbreak of â€˜business as usual'? No, says Bill Emmott â€“ the election has exposed deep divisions in party politics which could have ramifications for government stability Read more
Italian populistsâ€™ focus on â€˜the will of the peopleâ€™ has frequently contradicted their ideological priorities towards migration, Fred Paxton and Andrea Pettrachin find. The perception of local attitudes to immigration and issue salience are the determining factors in how populists in local government make their decisions Read more
The Italian Five Star Movement is considering joining the â€˜Socialists and Democratsâ€™ grouping in the European Parliament. Andrea Capati and Marco Improta argue that this pro-Europeanist turn owes much to the partyâ€™s recent experience in government. It also marks a further stage in the â€˜normalisationâ€™ of the Five Star Movement Read more
Surprisingly, left governments adopted more conservative fiscal policies than right governments in recent economic crises. Governments did not choose these policies freely; rather, the financial markets imposed them. Nonetheless, argues Damian Raess, they appear to have dire electoral consequences: left-leaning voters are increasingly voting with their feet Read more
Italy is unmatched in Western Europe in the scale of its electoral support for populists. Michelangelo Vercesi argues that this exceptionality, combined with the strategic adaptation of political entrepreneurs to different territorial political traditions, is a legacy of how the unitary state formed Read more
Mario Draghiâ€™s new government enjoys broad support in both Italian parliamentary chambers. But Matteo Salvini's League is likely to make its life difficult. Daniele Albertazzi and Davide Pellegrino speculate that Salviniâ€™s party will likely keep one foot in and one foot out of government Read more
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