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p. 393. Governing Italylocked

  • Anna Cento Bull


One strand of controversy and debate concerning Italy’s path to modernity has focused on its political system and style of government. In liberal Italy, there are two styles of governing: ruling with an iron fist at home and promoting an aggressive foreign and colonial policy; and governing by consensus through compromise with social forces and reliance on a parliamentary practice known as trasformismo (‘transformism’). ‘Governing Italy’ shows that these governing styles were replicated (and exacerbated) after the fall of the liberal state. It describes the origins of trasformismo, the breakdown of governance following World War I, the ‘blocked democracy’ of the Christian Democratic Party (1945–92), and Italy’s Second Republic.

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