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The Italian Party System Between Crisis and Transition

Sidney Tarrow
American Journal of Political Science
Vol. 21, No. 2 (May, 1977), pp. 193-224
DOI: 10.2307/2110492
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2110492
Page Count: 32
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The Italian Party System Between Crisis and Transition
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Abstract

Models of party systems should predict their survival or disintegration, as well as their internal functioning. But most models of the Italian party system would not have predicted its survival over the last 30 years. Such survival can be explained by three variables: the social bases of the governing coalition, the policy strategy of the dominant party, and the nature of the Italian state. These led to an inter-class coalition for patronage maintained through a dispersed bureaucratic system. Two main elements of political exchange resulted: limited horizontal exchange between Communists and Christian Democrats, and extensive vertical exchange between center and periphery. The current Italian crisis has resulted from the contradictions in this system, as exacerbated by the international economic crisis. A future coalition may be based on the reform of the state, but its policy directions are far from clear and its leadership not yet established.

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