2013 Italian elections – Italian politics at the crossroads?

One-day conference sponsored by the Political Studies Association and the PSA’s Italian Politics Specialist Group University of Birmingham, 17 January 2014

The Italian general election of February 2013 can fairly be described as a watershed event, resulting as it did in a political stalemate. With the country more or less divided into three equal segments among which there appeared to be no viable governing combination it was not until the end of April that a government could be formed, and then it was only thanks to the fact that the election’s aftermath coincided with the need to elect a new President of the Republic. The centre-left appeared to have won the election by a wafer-thin margin – but it had no Senate majority and, most importantly, it emerged in front only by virtue of the fact that the haemorrhage in its votes was slightly smaller than the haemorrhage of votes for the centre right. Support for the newly formed Five-star Movement (M5s), at its first general-election outing, exploded dramatically, to make it the largest single party. As a consequence of the outcome, neither of the logics on which government formation had been based in the ‘First’ and ‘Second Republics’, the consensual and the majoritarian respectively, was any longer available. If therefore, the election seemed to mark the end of an era, the one that appeared to be being ushered in pointed in the direction of a highly uncertain future.
Against this background, the University of Birmingham will host a one-day conference on 17 January 2014 focussing on the future of Italian politics after the general election of February 2013.
Attendance to the conference is free of charge and refreshments will be provided, however participants need to make their own arrangements concerning travel and accommodation.
Please note that places are very limited and that participants need to register by Tuesday 10 December 2013 (You can register for the conferenceonline).
For further information, please visit the conference website or contact: ipsg.conference@gmail.com