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Published in association with the Istituto Cattaneo and in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe.

Since 1986, Italian Politics has described and analyzed the main political and social events of the previous year. It combines systematic archival work with analysis of changes in both public sector policies and political institutions. Each volume includes a listing of the main political events of the year as well as information on the most recent elections, party politics, and public policies.

"Surveys such as those provided by the Istituto Cattaneo are absolutely essential for getting any kind of overview of the constantly shifting alliances that lie behind Italy's frequent if largely cosmetic changes of government ... Episodes ... of Byzantine complexity [are] all excellently covered in the Istituto Cattaneo's reviews."  New York Review of Books

Current Issue, Volume 32

List of Abbreviations

Chronology of Italian Political Events, 2016
Compiled by Rinaldo Vignati

Introduction: The Great Reform That Never Was
Alessandro Chiaramonte and Alex Wilson



Matteo Salvini's Northern League in 2016: Between Stasis and New Opportunities
Davide Vampa

Relations with Europe: Beyond the Vincolo Esterno
Erik Jones

Italy in the Middle East and the Mediterranean: The Evolving Relations with Egypt and Libya
Elisabetta Brighi and Marta Musso


The June Municipal Elections
Vincenzo Emanuele and Nicola Maggini

Yet Another Failed Attempt to Reform the Italian Constitution
Carlo Fusaro

Renzi Removed: The 2016 Italian Constitutional Referendum and Its Outcome
Martin J. Bull


The Decline of Rome: The Never-Ending Crisis in the Capital
Giada Zampano

The Persistent Issue of Refugees: Organize Hypocrisy, Solidarity, and Mounting Protest
Tiziana Caponio and Teresa Cappiali

Civil Unions in Italy
Giulia Maria Cavaletto

Documentary Appendix
Compiled by Valentina Sartori


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