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The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Italy
History, Politics, Society

ISBN 9780415604178
Published May 21, 2015 by Routledge
366 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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