The end of Italy's Communist Party and the decline of the Christian Democrats reflect profound changes taking place within Italy and in Europe as a whole. In this volume American and Italian scholars challenge the prevailing wisdom that Italy's politics will never change.

chapter 1|11 pages

Introduction: A Case of Regime Crisis

ByGianfranco Pasquino

chapter 2|19 pages

The Christian Democrats: A Party in Crisis

ByDouglas A. Wertman

chapter 3|19 pages

The Italian Communists Divide—and Do Not Conquer

ByPatrick McCarthy

chapter 4|13 pages

The Italian Socialist Party and the 1992 General Election

ByDavid Hine

chapter 6|23 pages

The Electorate of the Lega Nord

ByRenato Mannheimer

chapter 7|13 pages

The Anatomy of Change

ByGiacomo Sani

chapter 8|20 pages

Electing the President of the Republic

ByGianfranco Pasquino

chapter 9|19 pages

Politics Almost as Usual: The Formation of the Amato Government

ByStephen Hellman

chapter 10|16 pages

Conclusion: Inching Towards a New Regime

ByPatrick McCarthy