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This book takes a close look inside political parties, bringing together the findings of an international team of leading scholars. Building on a unique set of cross-national data on party organizations, the contributors set out to explain how parties organize, how they have changed and how they have adapted to the changing political and organizational circumstances in which they find themselves. The contributors are recognized authorities on the party systems of their countries, and have all been involved in gathering data on party membership, party finance and the internal structure of power. They add to the analysis of these original data an expert knowledge of the wider political patterns in their countries, and thus p

Italy: Tracing the Roots of the Great Transformation
Italy: Tracing the roots of the great transformation
LucianoBardi and LeonardoMorlino

The first half of the 1990s clearly marked a major turning point in post-war Italian politics, with a transformation of the electoral arrangements, the parties, and the relations between politics and civil society.1 The electoral strength of the Leghe (Leagues) had already become clear in the regional elections in May 1990; in February 1991 the Communist party (PCI) dissolved itself and formed the Democratic Party of the Left (Partito Democratico della Sinistra, PDS); in June 1991, for the first time, the result of a referendum ran counter to the positions of the traditional parties; the general elections in April 1992 witnessed the establishment of a new dimension in ...

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