Monday, 29 April 2013

MoVimento 5 Stelle -- analysis of a political 'phenomenon'

In many respects, the Five Star Movement (M5S) has emerged as one of the most interesting new political players in the February 2013 Italian general election -- catalysing a vast number of votes and, once in office, refusing to collaborate with any other established political party in the formation of a new government.
Being a fairly recent political formation, the rise and success of the M5S is extremely interesting for political and social scientists. The Italian journal Comunicazione Politica has dedicated its April issue to the M5S, where some of the foremost Italian political analysts offer an interpretation of the roots of the movement, the reasons at the basis of its success, its communication styles, and the key questions of leadership, structure and organisation.
The volume can be accessed at the following link:

Sunday, 28 April 2013

After weeks of deadlock, Italy has a new coalition government

On Wednesday 24th April Enrico Letta, the deputy leader of the centre-left Democratic party (PD), was named prime minister designate and tasked with forming a broad coalition government.
On the 27th of April, Letta announced the names of his ministers.
The composition of the government is broad and controversial, and includes 21 ministers:

Angelino Alfano (PdL) -- Minister of the Interiors and Deputy Prime Minister
Gaetano Quagliarello (PdL) -- Constitutional Reforms
Emma Bonino (Radicali) -- Foreign Affairs
Annamaria Cancellieri (ex Monti) -- Justice
Mario Mauro (Scelta Civica) -- Defence
Fabrizio Saccomanni -- Economy
Maurizio Lupi (PdL) -- Infrastructures and Transports
Dario Franceschini (PD) -- Relationships with the Parliament
Graziano Delrio (PD) -- Regional Affairs
Enzo Moavero Milanesi (Scelta Civica) -- European Affairs
Nunzia DeGirolamo (PdL) -- Agricultural Policy
Andrea Orlando (PD) -- Environment
Enrico Giovannini -- Work and Social Policy
Maria Chiara Carrozza (PD) -- Education and University
Beatrice Lorenzin (PdL) -- Health
Carlo Trigilia (PD) -- Territorial Cohesion
Cécile Kyenge (PD) -- Integration
Josefa Idem (PD) -- Equal Opportunities and Sport
Gianpiero D'Alia (Scelta Civica) --  Public Administration and Simplification
Massimo Bray (PD) --  Cultural heritage and Tourism
Flavio Zanonato (PD) -- Economic Development

Here's the link to some articles published by the Guardian and Reuters on the topic.

Enrico Letta, the new Italian Prime Minister
The Ministers