This study, first published in 1981, focuses on a single region of Italy – Tuscany, and examines the internal and external relationships of the parties, their evolution and their roles in the years 1975-1980. Looking in depth and detail at the activity of the parties in Tuscany, the book identifies and examines different factors of change and continuity and comes to the conclusion that there has been significant movement in the political positions and strengths of the respective parties as well as in their strategic courses and inter-relationships.
This volume has a particular importance due to the questioning of many previously held assumptions of the country’s party system in the light of political and socio-economic change during the 1970’s. This title will be of interest to students of European politics.
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations; Preface; 1. The Nature of the Italian Party System 2. The Region of Tuscany: The Case-study Presented 3. The Tuscan Communists: The Party of Integration on the Left 4. The Tuscan Christian Democrats: The Party of Catholic-Conservative Mobilisation 5. Inter-party Relationships and the Politics of Convergence: The Tuscan Experience; Conclusion: Change and Continuity in the Italian Party System; Notes of Sources; Published Sources and Bibliography; Index