The 2015 Regional Election in Italy: Fragmentation and Crisis of Subnational Representative Democracy

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Abstract

In May 2015, voters in seven Italian regions went to the polls to elect new regional councils and governments. The final election result was apparently similar to that of 2010: centre-left coalitions won in five out of seven regions, as in the previous election, leaving the remaining two to the centre-right. Yet behind this picture of stability, dramatic changes have occurred in the internal composition of regional coalitions, cross-party equilibriums and levels of participation. Generally, regional party-based democracy seems to be experiencing increasing fragmentation and a crisis of representation and legitimacy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-378
JournalRegional and federal studies
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Aug 2015

Bibliographical note

© 2015 Informa UK Limited, publishing as Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Regional & Federal Studies on 14/8/2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13597566.2015.1074073

Keywords

  • Italy
  • regional election
  • party politics
  • electoral participation
  • subnational democracy

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