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Italian Politics 2008: Governing Fear Gianfranco Baldini Paperback

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Italian Politics 2008: Governing Fear   Gianfranco Baldini   Paperback

Italian Politics 2008: Governing Fear Gianfranco Baldini Paperback


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In 2008, Silvio Berlusconi returned to power - thanks to a decisive electoral victory - to head a slimmer coalition whose cabinet consisted of members very close to him. The year began with the garbage crisis in Naples and ended in a climate dominated by economic uncertainty. In between some unexpected events happened: during the administrative elections, held with the general elections in April, the right in Rome claimed many victories; for the first time ever, a woman, Emma Marcegaglia, was elected President of Confindustria; and the Alitalia airline had to be rescued from the brink of economic collapse. For consecutive months, opinion polls gave Berlusconi an unprecedented level of popular support; those polled attributed their approval to either his 'decisionism' or to what they viewed as a successful strategy of continual announcements. Others pointed to the executive's success in 'governing the fears' of Italians, which was helped by a change of register in the way the media deal...

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