Chapter

Institutional Background

Antonio M. Merlo, Vincenzo Galasso, Massimiliano Landi and Andrea Mattozzi

in The Ruling Class

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199588282
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595417 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588282.003.0003
Institutional Background

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This chapter presents a brief overview of the Italian political system. Countries differ with respect to their political institutions, which affect the way in which voters, politicians, political parties, the legislature, and the government interact, as well as the ‘industrial organization’ of the political sector. It presents an overview of the institutional details of the Italian political system, highlighting the role played by parties in the selection of politicians and the way in which changes in the electoral law may have affected the selection process as well as the parties' internal organization and the overall structure of the party system.

Keywords: Parliament; politicians; electoral law; Republic; trade unions

Chapter.  9642 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Financial Markets

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