Italy from Crisis to Crisis: Political Economy, Security, and Society in the 21st Century

We are really pleased to recommend you this book, just published: “Italy from Crisis to Crisis: Political Economy, Security, and Society in the 21st Century“, edited by Matt Evangelista (Routledge, 2017).

Here you’ll find the table of contents

Among the contributors: Sidney Tarrow, Jonathan Hopkin, Julia Lynch, Elisabetta Brighi and many others. Also “our” Fabrizio Coticchia wrote a chapter on Italian post-Cold War defense policy.

Here below a summary of the book

Italy from Crisis to Crisis seeks to understand Italy’s approach to crises by studying the country in regional, international, and comparative context. Without assuming that the country is abnormal or unusually crisis-prone, the authors treat Italy as an example from which other countries might learn.

The book integrates the analysis of domestic politics and foreign policy, including Italy’s approach to military interventions, energy security, economic relations with the European Union (EU), and to the NATO alliance, and covers a number of issues that normally receive little attention in studies of “high politics,” such as information policy, national identity, immigration, youth unemployment, and family relations. Finally, it puts Italy in a comparative perspective – with other European states, naturally – but also with Latin America, and even the United States, all countries that have experienced similar crises to Italy’s and similar – often populist – responses.

This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of, and courses on, Italian politics and history, European politics and, more broadly, comparative politics and democracy.

 

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“The Italian Crisis: Twenty years on”

Venus in Arms will be at the next ASMI Conference (London, 21-22 November 2014). The Annual Conference of The Association for the Study of Modern Italy (ASMI) will be organized at the Italian Cultural Institute in London.

In 1994, the Association for the Student of Modern Italy organised a conference around the theme of the ‘Italian crisis’. Silvio Berlusconi had just been elected as Prime Minister and the country was in dire economic straits. The political system was in tatters after the tangentopoli scandals. The crisis was analysed from a political, cultural, historical and social viewpoints in a conference which was extremely well attended and led to fascinating discussions after every paper. The papers from the conference were then collected and published in the first issue of the journal Modern Italy.

This year the call for papers was looking for original work on the history, culture, economics and politics of the last twenty years in Italy, as well as papers which take a comparative and transnational approach to the Italian crisis.

Here below the main topics

1. The political crisis and the ‘Berlusconi era’ and the rise of anti-politics.

2. The economic crisis in Italy

3. Italy and Europe

4. Corruption and the political system.

5. The cultural impact of the crisis and cultural representations of the crisis.

6. The idea of crisis in the Italian context.

7. Forms of political leadership and/or participation.

Conference organizers are John Foot and Gianluca Fantoni. The keynote speakers will be Paul Ginsborg and Tito Boeri.

Here you’ll find additional details on the conference. 

Venus in Arms will present the paper: “An alternative view: Counter-narratives, Italian public opinion and military operations abroad”. The goal of the paper is to investigate the effectiveness of counter-narratives developed by political parties, pacifist groups and associations in order to contrast the “plot” designed by Italian governments to gain the support of public opinion towards post 2001 military operations abroad. Why have some counter-narratives been more effective than others? Drawing on discourse analysis and interviews, the paper aims to answer this question.

See you in London

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Conference: “The Crisis in EU and US”, Pisa 12-14 June 2014

Venus in Arms will participate at the conference: “The Crisis in EU and US” (Pisa, 12-14 June 2014). The conference aims to establish a space for international and interdisciplinary dialogue on how the crisis effected – and changed – the European and the American society

Here the link to the Conference

The Conference investigates the impact of the crisis on the different political, economical and social systems, but also how it changed people’s everyday life in EU and US, and how it was represented by the media and the cultural industry (movies, literature, art).

The analysis will be from the broad interdisciplinary perspective of social and political sciences, focusing on topics like:

  • the impact of crisis on individual psychology
  • the impact of crisis on different welfare systems and the different measures to fight poverty
  • how the crisis impact the different political systems
  • how the crisis shaped individual and collective identities
  • how social and political theories interpret the crisis
  • how the crisis was represented by the media and the cultural industry (movies, literature, art)

Confirmed keynote speakers include Luciano Gallino (University of Torino) and Nadia Urbinati (Columbia University). The Conference has the endorsement of: University of Pisa, Regione Toscana, Comune di Pisa, and AIS (Associazione Italiana di Sociologia)

 

Venus in Arms will present its ongoing research on Italian and European military transformation.

We will illustrate our preliminary outputs in the following session: Session 8. Political or Economic Crisis: Quid Prius? Coordinator and discussant: Eugenio Pizzimenti (University of Pisa)

  • Crisis of The Representative Democracy and Its Alternatives. A Policy-Oriented Inquiry -Stefania Profeti (Università di Bologna)
  • Before and After…Mass Parties. Meaning of Party Membership in Italy Between The Golden Age And The Contemporary Politics – Gianluca Passarelli (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”)
  • Crisis and Political Cultures – Mattia Diletti (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”)
  • The Redesigning of Italian Armed Forces in a Time of Crisis – Fabrizio Coticchia (SSSUP) e Francesco Niccolò Moro (Università di Milano Bicocca)

Here the whole Preliminary Programme

See you there…

 

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