Understanding electoral politics in contemporary Italy : policy preferences, personalization, partisanship and the economy
Contemporary italian politics, 2017, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 3-7
BELLUCCI, Paolo, GARZIA, Diego, LEWIS-BECK, Michael, Understanding electoral politics in contemporary Italy : policy preferences, personalization, partisanship and the economy, Contemporary italian politics, 2017, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 3-7 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/69600
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This introductory essay to the Special Issue presents the articles which from various perspectives – representation, personalisation, partisanship and accountability – analyse the changing relationship between parties and voters in contemporary Italian politics. This collection shows that the Italian party system appears responsive to people’s demands and that public opinion holds governments accountable, and responsible for their actions. On the other hand, substantive changes have emerged with respect to the nature of partisanship, its supposed unique connection to a single party, and its determinants. Finally, as party leaders appear increasingly crucial for voter attitudes and choice, in making financial contributions, external donors pay more attention to individual politicians at the expense of their parties.
First published online: 03 March 2017
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Publisher: Taylor and Francis