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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:55466
Doc. No:TL25420
Call number:‭1456151‬
Main Entry:David Blaine Walker
Title & Author:Institutional reform in contemporary Italian politics: Electoral systems, broadcasting laws and Silvio BerlusconiDavid Blaine Walker
College:University of Arkansas
Date:2008
Degree:M.A.
student score:2008
Page No:70
Abstract:In January of 2008, the sixty-first Italian government since World War II collapsed. The cause of its demise was an attempt to overhaul an electoral system feared to give too much influence to minor political parties. These fears proved well-founded when, indeed, it was the withdrawal of just such a party from the majority coalition that made the government vulnerable to a vote of no confidence. With elections to be held in April, the leading candidate in early polls for prime minister was two-time ex-prime minister and media mogul Silvio Berlusconi. Should Berlusconi win the election, the conflict of interest that inevitably arises when an individual possesses direct media as well as political influence would once again become an issue of grave concern for media pluralism and freedom of expression in Italy. Taking its impetus from the electoral reform debate that brought down the most recent government and the conflict of interest that would arise with a Berlusconi victory, this paper explores the nature of the Italian Political Crisis of 2008 through the history of Italian politics, first in its origination during postwar Italy, and then—more directly—through the course of changes to Italian electoral and media laws since the fall of the so-called First Republic in the early 1990s. By analyzing the sufficiency—or lack thereof—of these reforms, this thesis may also assess the ability and desire of Italy's political class to alter the status quo in this troubled polity.
Subject:Communication and the arts; Journalism; 0391:Journalism
Added Entry:University of Arkansas