Meridiana. 70, 2011. Micropolitica

Testata: Meridiana • Anno di pubblicazione: 2012
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Alla ricerca della micropolitica
di Alfio Mastropaolo e Rocco Sciarrone


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Luciano Brancaccio e Vittorio Martone

New consensus strategies in Naples. The political class in the municipal decentralization
This contribution analyzes the crisis of the political system in Naples and the emergence of new consensus strategies at the territorial level. We develop the argument on two dimensions. First, we examine the process of personalization and professionalization of the political class at the grassroots level and the increasing fragmentation of the parties. Second, we focus on the difficulties in the decision-making processes at district level. As a result of the crisis, we note a tendency to the concentration of the electoral consensus of the municipal councillors in restricted territorial areas.


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Davide Pellegrino

The Outsiders and the Established: the case of Forza Italia in Salento
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Fare politica a Catania. Il Movimento per le autonomie: rapporti di dipendenza e intimità culturale
Antonio Vesco

Playing politics in Catania. The «Movimento per le autonomie»: relationships of dependence and cultural intimacy
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I notabili della Repubblica
Alfio Mastropaolo

The Notables of Republican Italy
According to the prevailing view, notables and mass parties are incompatible. Conventionally, a notable is a politician whose political capital consists of the position of social authority and prestige he occupies. Drawing on the case of Republican Italy, this paper suggests, instead, that conventional notables could easily adapt to the so called party democracy. On close examination, it seems also that national and local professional party politicians frequently accumulated a personal political capital to advance their fortunes within their own party. Finally, the paper brings to light cases of social notables who consolidated their personal political capital thanks to their long lasting political career. All these cases, drawing as they do on particular social and political contexts, are extremely different. This is not surprising if we keep in mind that the notable is just an ideal-type.


Riscoprire il territorio: dimensione demografica dei comuni e comportamento elettorale in Italia
Vincenzo Emanuele

Rediscovering the territory: population size of municipalities and electoral behaviour in Italy
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Governo e territorio nella seconda stagione della Repubblica: una testimonianza della crisi del «sistema meridionale»
Giancarlo Minaldi

The ways of the decline of a representation model: the southern political class in the governments of the Italian transition
This article aims to describe and analyze the relationship between national government and territorial representation during the so called Italian transition. In particular, after a period of about fifty years (1946-94) during which a kind of «Southern hegemony» based on individual and electoral responsiveness was consolidated, the main research question that needs to be asked is: what were the subsequent developments which characterized the period from 1994 to the last government led by Silvio Berlusconi? More specifically, how did Southern representation evolve? Did new sub-cultural hegemonies arise? Did significant changes occur between coalitions of new bipolarism? Examining the evolution of government’s parliamentarization as well as that of the biographical sketches of the members of government, we find a sharp decline of Southern representation associated with an as much sharp decline of traditional representative model based on responsiveness. This result associates centre-left and centre-right coalitions, even if through rather different ways.


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Roberto Foderà e Alberto Tulumello

Not only «places». The «times» of the development in Southern Italy and in Sicily
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Gabriele Licciardi

The Venetian Workerism between modernization and conflict
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Società incivile
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Uncivil Society
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