The Bologna Insitute for Policy Research | Seminar Series Event | Gianfranco-Pasquino-Politics-in-Italy-Not-a-Normal-Country---The-Outcome-The-Formation-of-the-Government-and-its-Future-Part-III-of-a-3-Part-Series
April 23, 2018 - 10:30 Penthouse - Patrick McCarthy Memorial Series on Intellectuals and Politics supported by the Patrick McCarthy Fund

Politics in Italy: Not a "Normal" Country - The Outcome: The Formation of the Government and its Future (Part III of a 3 Part Series)
Gianfranco Pasquino, Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe; University of Bologna, Italy

hosted by Professor Gianfranco Pasquino


Italians will go to the polls on March 4th to elect a new Parliament. The 2013-2018 legislature has been somewhat tumultuous but not unproductive - three governments, two Presidents of the Republic, one constitutional referendum and much more. Parliament has approved some important, though controversial, laws: Jobs Act, La Buona Scuola, a new electoral law, the living will. The outcome of the elections is surrounded by an aura of uncertainty. Berlusconi's comeback has re-invigorated the center-right. The Democratic Party has never fully recovered from the defeat in the constitutional referendum and has suffered a split. The Five Star Movement appears somewhat isolated and wounded by the poor performance of its local governments. However it still thrives on the dissatisfaction that many Italians feel with Italian politics and the modest quality of democracy. The three lectures will provide more than an introduction to the politics of a not insignificant European country - the way things are now and the ways they might change.


Gianfranco Pasquino is Senior Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies at The Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe and Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Bologna.

Pasquino was Professor of Political Science at the University of Bologna from 1969-2012. He was a member of the Italian Senate from 1983-1992 and from 1994-1996. He served as a parliamentary observer for the plebiscite (1988) and presidential elections (1989) in Chile. He was awarded the laurea honoris causa from the Catholic University of Cordoba, University of Buenos Aires and University de La Plata. Pasquino is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Enciclopedia Italiana, President of the Società Italiana di Scienza Politica and a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. He received the Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society (CONGRIPS) Life Achievement Award (2016). Pasquino received his MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS (1967).

Publications: Politica e istituzioni (2016); Cittadini senza scettro (2015); La Costituzione in trenta lezioni (2015); co-editor Oxford Handbook of Italian Politics (2015); Finale di partita. Tramonto di una Repubblica (2013); La rivoluzione promessa. Lettura della costituzione Italiana (2011); Il Partito Democratico di Bersani. Profilo, persone, prospettive, co-editor (2010); Le parole della politica (2010); Una splendida cinquantenne. La Quinta Repubblica Francese, co-editor (2010); Nuovo corso di scienza politica (2009); Masters of Political Science, co-editor (2009); Strumenti della democrazia, editor (2007); Le istituzioni di Arlecchino (2007); Los poderes de los jefes de gobierno (2007); Sistemi politici comparati (2003, revised in 2004 and 2007); Il Dizionario di Politica, co-editor (2016 4th ed.). Pasquino is an editorial writer for il Corriere di Bologna and a frequent contributor of articles and reviews to academic journals, policy forums and news outlets.

Pasquino Mini-course IT Elections 2018.pdf



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Dana H. Allin
Marco  Alverà
Matteo Alvisi
Edmund Amann
Arthur Appleton
Emanuele Bajo
Marco Boggero
William A. Booth
Benedetta Calandra
Paolo Calzini
Emanuela Carbonara
Gabriel Cardona-Fox
Anna Ottani Cavina
David Cheong
Umberto Cherubini
Raffaella A. Del Sarto
Vincent Della Sala
Marco Dell'Aquila
Giulio Ecchia
David W. Ellwood
Justin Frosini
Johannes Gabriel
Nina Gardner
Marco Gestri
Giampiero Giacomello
Christopher L. Gilbert
Mark Gilbert
Manfred Hafner
Nina Hall
John L. Harper
Matthew  Harries
Masha Hedberg
Christopher Hill
Herman Hoen
William Hynes
Fabrizio Jacobellis
Søren Jessen-Petersen
Erik Jones
Thomas Keaney
Kenneth H. Keller
Winrich Kühne
Michael Leigh
Alessandra Luati
Barbara Luppi
Adrian Lyttelton
Susanna Mancini
Massimiliano Marzo
Hanns Maull
Hartmut Mayer
Jacqueline Mazza
Erika Meucci
Marko Milenkovic
Francesco N. Moro
Alireza Naghavi
Dorina Maria Ofrim
Gianfranco Pasquino
Sara Pennicino
Michael G. Plummer
Richard Pomfret
Federico Rossi
Thomas Row
Lester Salamon
Paolo Scaroni
Gary Sick
Patricia Sourdin
Filippo Taddei
Geoffrey Underhill
David C. Unger
Sanam Vakil
Bob van der Zwaan
Francesc Vendrell
Stefano Zamagni
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