The 2013 Italian Parliamentary Election: Changing Things so Everything Stays the Same
West European Politics 36: 1095-1105
15 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2017
Date Written: 2013
The previous Italian parliamentary election of 2008 awarded the centre-right coalition led by Silvio Berlusconi with an unprecedentedly large majority in both the Chamber (54.6 per cent of seats) and the Senate (55.2 per cent). On paper this could stand as the ‘most cohesive government coalition in the history of the Second Republic’ (Chiaramonte and D’Alimonte 2012: 262). On this basis, the fourth Berlusconi cabinet was generally expected to be stable and durable. Yet this proved not to be the case due to a number of concurrent factors.
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