post-1994 italian politics and berlusconism is in continuity with the first republic

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  1. 1. Post- 1994 Italian politics andBerlusconism in continuity withthe republican history(1948-1992)A CURA DI :ARIANNA DOTTORI , ELEONORA LA POSTAE ANNA LISA PANTUSA
  2. 2. OUTLINE Connecting thetwo Republics:political commonfeatures12 Is Berlusconism anew politicalbrand? Berlusconi takes thefield: compromise orconflict? AN: not yet3
  3. 3. Connecting the two Republics:political common featuresBERLUSCONISMThe same old storyBerlusconis countsPolitical and social structural cleavagesNorth-South ConservatismInteristitutional dynamics Party systemrenewed Laws issuedFIRST REPUBLIC mani pulite (clean hands)Center-periphery Lay/catholic issue Proportional logics Laws issued
  4. 4. Is Berlusconism a new political brand?BERLUSCONISMSpectacularization andpersonalization of politicsThe platonic question andinsensibility to institutionalreformsNew man?FIRST REPUBLICPolitical debate brought on TV.Leaders fight in first person inthe political arena Identification of the best kindof leadership = Partito degliEletti. Reforms as secondaryissue Professional politicians
  5. 5. Berlusconi takes the field: compromiseor conflict?Anticommunism out of thegame?The imperfectbipartitism/bipolarismFilling the electoral vacuum Cold War scenario: the red threatinvoked during the First Republic Berlusconi: communism in over, notyet the communists The First Republic: DC-PCI butconventio ad excludendum Berlusconism: Ipopolitics-Iperpoliticsand the mutual delegitimationprocess The DC gathering the disappointedright wing supporters Berlusconi occupies the empty spaceleft by the partitocrazia
  6. 6. AN: not yetThe Fiuggi documents: an ambiguousrelation with the pastNew party, old values: nation, spirituality,public order, liberty and authorityInstitutional redesign throughpresidentialismThe Adriatic policy: for the Italiannessof Istria and Dalmatia
  7. 7. THANKS FOR YOUR AT T ENT ION

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