1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Italy History, Politics, Society

    366 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    366 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Italy provides a comprehensive account of Italy and Italian politics in the twenty-first century. Featuring contributions from many leading scholars in the field, this Handbook is comprised of 28 chapters which are organized to deliver unparalleled analysis of Italian society, politics, and culture. A wide range of topics are covered, including:

    • politics and economy, and their impact on Italian society;
    • parties and new politics;
    • regionalism and migrations;
    • public memories;
    • continuities and transformations in contemporary Italian society.

    This is an essential reference work for scholars and students of Italian and Western European society, politics, and history.

    Introduction Andrea Mammone, Ercole Giap Parini and Giuseppe A. Veltri

    Section I : Old and new tensions in the contemporary Italian society

    1. A New Southern Question? Iain Chambers

    2. Cultural Values: Differences Across Italian Regions Giuseppe A. Veltri

    3. Emigration and Italy: A Continuing History? Guido Tintori and Michele Colucci

    4. Racism in Italy: Carl Levy

    5. Role and Perceptions of Women in Contemporary Italy Elisabetta Ruspini

    6. Youth’s Condition Gianluca Argentin

    7. "Mafie:" A National Phenomenon Ercole Giap Parini

    Section II : Democratic life and institutions

    8. Institutions and the Political System: a Story of Failure Martin Bull

    9. The (missing) renewal of the political class Luca Verzichelli

    10. Media, Politics and Society Cinzia Padovani

    11. Italy meets Europe: Elites, Citizens and Institutions Nicolò Conti

    12. Religion and the State Donatella Loprieno

    Section III: Politics

    13. Parties, People and the "Geography of Politics" John Agnew

    14. The Political Right: Francesco Raniolo and Marco Tarchi

    15. Left and Center-Left: Evolution, Crisis, Future Perspectives: Marc Lazar and Lilia Giugni

    16. Christian Democracy in the "Second Republic": Between anachronism and niche identity Mark Donovan

    17. The Northern League Anna Cento Bull

    18. Magistrates joining politics: Antonio Di Pietro and Italy of Values Jim Newell

    19. Social Movements Italian-Style: From the No-Global to Beppe Grillo Mario Diani and Maria Fabbri Sociolab

    Section IV: The Italian Welfare and Economy

    20. Welfare in Italy Julia Lynch and Peter Ceretti

    21. Clientelism and Corruption Jean-Louis Briquet

    22. Political Institutions and Growth Leone Leonida, Dario Maimone Ansaldo Patti, and Pietro Navarra

    23. Italian Firms Raoul Minetti

    24. Banking Sector: Ownership, Profits and Competition Alsonfina Iona and Leone Leonida

    Section V: Memories

    25. Cinema, Memorial Narratives and Identity Paolo Jedlowski

    26. The Risorgimento in Italian History, Politics and Memory AnnaRita Gori

    27. Fascism and Anti-Fascism Phil Cooke

    28. The Colonial Past Roberta Pergher


    Andrea Mammone is Lecturer in Modern European History at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

    Ercole Giap Parini is Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Calabria, Italy.

    Giuseppe A. Veltri is Associate Professor in Cognitive Sociology and Research Methods at University of Trento, Italy.

    Selected for the Outstanding Academic Title (OAT) Award 2017 by CHOICE magazine.

    "The aim of this work is admirable and largely achieved.  This handbook assesses selected aspects of modern Italy’s history, culture, politics, and economy in an interdisciplinary way.  The commitment to asking and answering essential questions is valuable.  However, what makes this undertaking particularly worthy is that this effort was undertaken by 38 authors in varied disciplines.  A law professor, a psychologist, and a geographer join historians, sociologists, economists, and political scientists to analyze geographic and cultural differences, crime, women, youth, mass media, religion, big business, traditional and recent political movements, and emigration and the crisis of current immigration.  The insights into contemporary Italy are at times wider than they are deep.  However, the very nature of such a broad undertaking and the book’s proclaimed purpose necessitate an acknowledgement that the work is both a collection of important information about Italy and a call to further research." - P. Lorenzini, Saint Xavier University - CHOICE, Highly Recommended