Italy: Delegation and Accountability in a Changing Parliamentary Democracy

Luca Verzichelli

in Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780198297840
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602016 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

Italy: Delegation and Accountability in a Changing Parliamentary Democracy

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The Italian political system has usually been described as a stable parliamentary democracy with proportional representation electoral rules and a fragmented party system. In the mid-1990s, this image was undermined by a deep crisis, which resulted in changes to the electoral system, the party system, and the executive-legislative relationship. In general, the whole chain of delegation has suffered as a result of the weak institutionalization of delegation mechanisms. The reasons for this weakness are to be found in the historical circumstances of Italy’s democratic experience, in particular, a highly fragmented, polarized polity, and a society with deep cleavages.

Keywords: anonymous voting; decree laws; fragmented party system; proportional representation; referendums; regionalization vs centralization; single-member district plurality; societal cleavages

Chapter.  14556 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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