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Italy: Government alternation and legislative agenda setting

Rules and Speeches: How Parliamentary Rules Affect Legislators’ Speech-Making Behavior
Authors: Daniela Giannetti and Andrea Pedrazzani Published: Legislative Studies Quarterly 2016 Abstract: By extending existing theories of legislative speech making, this study explores the importance of parliamentary rules governing floor debates for government and opposition parties. An original data set including speeches of members of the Italian Chamber of Deputies between 2001 and 2006 is […] Read more – ‘Rules and Speeches: How Parliamentary Rules Affect Legislators’ Speech-Making Behavior’.
Setting Parliamentary Calendars: How Parties Allocate Time for Plenary Debates on Bills
Authors: Daniela Giannetti, Luca Pinto and Andrea Pedrazzani Published: Political Studies, forthcoming 2015. Abstract: Compared to other aspects of agenda control, the organisation of legislative calendars has received scarce scholarly attention. However, setting the floor timetable affects parliament’s decisions and may therefore become crucial for understanding the policy-making process better. This article examines the allocation […] Read more – ‘Setting Parliamentary Calendars: How Parties Allocate Time for Plenary Debates on Bills’.
Looking beyond the Aggregate Figures. An Investigation of the Consensual Approval of Government Bills (1988-2008)
Author: Andrea Pedrazzani Published: in Nicolò Conti and Francesco Marangoni (eds), The Challenge of Coalition Government: The Italian Case, London, Routledge (2015), pp. 75-105. Abstract: Despite the harsh confrontation among parties in the public debate, Italian legislation is usually approved by very large majorities. Remarkably, this is also true for the legislation initiated by the government. […] Read more – ‘Looking beyond the Aggregate Figures. An Investigation of the Consensual Approval of Government Bills (1988-2008)’.
Author: Andrea Ceron (2013) , Published: Party Politics, doi:10.1177/1354068812472581 Sanctions and homogeneity of intra-party preferences are the two main pathways to party unity in roll-call votes. However, only a few works have managed to properly measure the degree of polarization within the party, and therefore the link between ideological preferences and parliamentary voting behaviour has not yet been […] Read more – ‘’.
Governo e processo legislativo
Authors: Marco Giuliani and Francesco Zucchini Published: Quarant’anni di scienza politica in Italia [ed.] G. Pasquino, M. Regalia, M. Valbruzzi. – Bologna : Il Mulino, 2013. – ISBN 9788815247551. – pp. 153-169 Read more – ‘Governo e processo legislativo’.
Italian Law-Making Archive (ILMA): A new tool for the analysis of the Italian legislative process
Authors: Enrico Borghetto, Luigi Curini, Marco Giuliani, Alessandro Pellegata and Francesco Zucchini (2012) , Published: Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica, 3 pp. 481-502 The Italian Law-Making Archive (ILMA) is a relational database that combines information on the legislation, legislative initiative, legislative processes, parliamentarians and government members and policy positions of parties present in different legislatures and […] Read more – ‘Italian Law-Making Archive (ILMA): A new tool for the analysis of the Italian legislative process’.
The Italian Legislative Speech Dataset (ILSD) is online!
The Italian Legislative Speech Dataset (ILSD) A project by Luigi Curini, Andrea Ceron and Paolo Martelli What is ILSD? The Italian Legislative Speech Dataset (ILSD) is based upon a content analysis of all the investiture debates preceding the vote of confidence in the Italian Chamber of Deputies from 1946 to 2013. The coding scheme of the dataset follows the same […] Read more – ‘The Italian Legislative Speech Dataset (ILSD) is online!’.
The institutional foundations of committee cohesion in a (changing) parliamentary democracy
Authors: Curini Luigi, and Francesco Zucchini. Published: forthcoming in European Political Science Review The role played by legislative committees in parliamentary democracies is directly related to some of their properties. In particular cohesion, namely similarity of committee members’ preferences, is the most important non-institutional feature that influences committee working. This non-institutional aspect, on its turn, is directly […] Read more – ‘The institutional foundations of committee cohesion in a (changing) parliamentary democracy’.
Government-Opposition Dynamics, Intra-Coalition Conflict, or Distributive Logic? An Analysis of the Length of the Legislative Process in Italy (1987-2006)
Author: Andrea Pedrazzani Published: Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica 43(2): 225-252 (2013) Although the speed at which governmental initiatives are approved by parliament can influence the effectiveness of the executive and the accountability of the political system, scholars have devoted scarce attention to the duration of parliamentary processes. This article focuses on the legislative production of […] Read more – ‘Government-Opposition Dynamics, Intra-Coalition Conflict, or Distributive Logic? An Analysis of the Length of the Legislative Process in Italy (1987-2006)’.
Horses and hippos: why Italian government bills change in the legislative arena (1987-2006)
Authors: Andrea Pedrazzani and Francesco Zucchini Published: European Journal of Political Research, 52(2):687–714(2013) Scholars interested in legislative processes pay relatively little attention to the changes made to bills in parliamentary democracies. On the one hand, comparative research has often described parliamentary institutions as ineffectual vis-à-vis cabinets throughout the lawmaking process; on the other hand, for a long […] Read more – ‘Horses and hippos: why Italian government bills change in the legislative arena (1987-2006)’.
The Evolution of Italian Law. A study on post-enactment policy change between the First and Second Italian Republic
Author: Enrico Borghetto and Francesco Visconti The consequences of the Italian transition from a pivotal to an alternational party system have been widely documented and analysed. As far as the policy consequences are concerned, much scholarly attention has been devoted to the pre-enactment phase (dependent variable declined in terms of duration, productivity, direction of change, respect […] Read more – ‘The Evolution of Italian Law. A study on post-enactment policy change between the First and Second Italian Republic’.
A gendered spatial analysis of legislative preferences in the Italian parliament
Author: Licia Claudia Papavero, Francesco Zucchini Studies on female legislative behavior suggest that when introducing and/or approving a feminist agenda is at stake, women parliamentarians may challenge party cohesion by allying across party lines (Swers 2002; Sanbonmatsu 2006). However, evidence is mixed (see for example Lloren 2011), and how and why gender cohesion within the legislature […] Read more – ‘A gendered spatial analysis of legislative preferences in the Italian parliament’.
COoL will be attending the Open Legislative Data conference in Paris
COoL will be attending the Open Legislative Data conference in Paris (www.lafabriquedelaloi.fr) on the 6th July 2012. COoL on this occasion will present ILMA: the Italian Law-Making Archive. Read more – ‘COoL will be attending the Open Legislative Data conference in Paris’.
Legislative processes as sequences. Exploring temporal patterns of Italian law-making by means of sequence analysis
Author: Enrico Borghetto Published: — As Arthur Bentley (1908) recalled more than a century ago: “Most bills that become laws do so after a fight with other bills for space in the calendar, rather than after a fight with an opposition of a more direct kind”. Then as now, the matter of competition is time, […] Read more – ‘Legislative processes as sequences. Exploring temporal patterns of Italian law-making by means of sequence analysis’.
Female Representation and Bill Sponsorship in the Italian Parliament (1987-2008)
Author: Licia Claudia Papavero Published: WP Centro Einaudi While dynamics in female legislative recruitment have been considered in some studies and researches about the Italian politics, less attention has been paid to the legislative activity of women elected in the Italian Parliament, and to whether it differs somehow from that of their male colleagues. Does gender […] Read more – ‘Female Representation and Bill Sponsorship in the Italian Parliament (1987-2008)’.
Changing the Transmission Belt: The Programme-to-Policy Link in Italy between the First and Second Republic
Authors: Enrico Borghetto, Marcello Carammia and Shaun Bevan Published: — Link to Working Paper Read more – ‘Changing the Transmission Belt: The Programme-to-Policy Link in Italy between the First and Second Republic’.
Breaking the inertia: government formation under the shadow of a core party. The Italian case throughout the First Republic
Authors: Luigi Curini and Luca Pinto Published: Party Politics, 19(3): 502-522(2013) Despite its theoretical relevance, the role played by the existence of a core party in explaining the partisan composition of governments represents an understudied area in the empirical researches on coalition formations. This article aims to cover this lack in the literature by focusing […] Read more – ‘Breaking the inertia: government formation under the shadow of a core party. The Italian case throughout the First Republic’.
Assessing the impact of government alternation on legislative party unity: The case of Italy (1988-2008)
Authors: Luigi Curini and Francesco Zucchini Published: West European Politics (forthcoming) Literature has for quite long time identified at least two different sources of theparty unity in the legislative arena. In a famous article Diermeier and Feddersen (1998) argue that it is the confidence relationship, i.e., the threat of being voted out of office and […] Read more – ‘Assessing the impact of government alternation on legislative party unity: The case of Italy (1988-2008)’.
Parties’ influence during government policy negotiations: parliamentary dynamics and spatial advantages in the First Italian Republic
Authors: Luigi Curini and Andrea Ceron Published: Journal of Legislative Studies (forthcoming) As long as they are interested in policies, parties  have  always  incentives for affecting the outcome of a cabinet bargaining process. Of course,  they   do not necessarily enjoy the same  ability in doing so. Being a member of a government, for example, should […] Read more – ‘Parties’ influence during government policy negotiations: parliamentary dynamics and spatial advantages in the First Italian Republic’.
A Long Way to Tipperary: Time in the Italian Legislative Process 1987–2008
Authors: Enrico Borghetto and Marco Giuliani Published: South European Society and Politics 17(1): 23–44 (2012) The Italian legislature does not enjoy widespread trust. At least one of the reasons has to be the perception of its inefficiency. Comparatively, the Italian law-making process is slow and most policy-makers complain about the difficulties experienced in trying to […] Read more – ‘A Long Way to Tipperary: Time in the Italian Legislative Process 1987–2008’.
Government alternation and legislative agenda setting
Author: Francesco Zucchini Published: European Journal of Political Research 50(6): 749–774 (2011) Recent studies of the legislative process have put forward a number of plausible hypotheses regarding the distribution of agenda-setting power. These hypotheses have guided scholars in identifying those conflicts and actors that are crucial to explaining legislative change and the wording of legislation. […] Read more – ‘Government alternation and legislative agenda setting’.
Italy: Government alternation and legislative agenda setting
Author: Francesco Zucchini Published: The Role Of Governments in Legislative Agenda Setting, eds. Bjørn Erik Rasch and George Tsebelis. London: Routledge, p. 53–77 (2011) Italian governance has gone through a political and institutional upheaval in the last sixteen years. At present, Italian governments seem to play a stronger role in legislative agenda setting. First, this […] Read more – ‘Italy: Government alternation and legislative agenda setting’.
Government Survival the Italian Way: the Core and the Advantages of Policy Immobilism during the First Republic
Author: Luigi Curini Published: European Journal of Political Research 50: 110–142 (2011) During its nearly fifty years of history, the First Italian Republic has been characterised by the highest rate of cabinet turnover in Western Europe. There are several convincing explanations for this exceptional feature; nevertheless, merely looking at the average figure risks overlooking the […] Read more – ‘Government Survival the Italian Way: the Core and the Advantages of Policy Immobilism during the First Republic’.
Party Unity in Italy and Their Individual and Institutional Determinants
Authors: Luigi Curini, Francesco Marangoni and Filippo Tronconi Published: Rivista italiana di scienza politica (3/2011) — No abstract is available at the time — Read more – ‘Party Unity in Italy and Their Individual and Institutional Determinants’.
Ideological proximity and valence competition. Negative campaigning through allegation of corruption in the Italian legislative arena from 1946 to 1994
Authors: Luigi Curini and Paolo Martelli Published: Electoral Studies 16(3): 299–321 (2010) We consider the possibility for the parties to invest in negative campaigning – a behavior that, in our framework, involves blaming alleged insufficiencies of the rival concerning commonly shared values. Within a simple one-dimensional model, we deduce the hypothesis that the parties’ incentive […] Read more – ‘Ideological proximity and valence competition. Negative campaigning through allegation of corruption in the Italian legislative arena from 1946 to 1994’.
Testing the Law-Making Theories in a Parliamentary Democracy-A Roll Call Analysis of the Italian Chamber of Deputies (1988-2008)
Authors: Luigi Curini and Francesco Zucchini Published: Reform processes and policy change: Veto players and decision-making in modern democracies, eds. Thomas König, George Tsebelis, and Marc Debus. New York: Springer. (2010) Read more – ‘Testing the Law-Making Theories in a Parliamentary Democracy-A Roll Call Analysis of the Italian Chamber of Deputies (1988-2008)’.
Quanta Bruxelles c’è a Roma? L’europeizzazione della produzione normativa italiana
Authors: Enrico Borghetto, Marco Giuliani and Francesco Zucchini Published: Rivista italiana di Politiche Pubbliche (1): 135–162 (2009) Towards the end of the 1980s, the President of the European Commission Jacques Delors predicted that in a decade most of the domestic legislation would be decided in Brussels. Apart from the necessity to interpret more or less […] Read more – ‘Quanta Bruxelles c’è a Roma? L’europeizzazione della produzione normativa italiana’.
Dividing Parliament? Italian Bicameralism in the Legislative Process (1987-2006)
Author: Francesco Zucchini Published: South European Society and Politics 13(1): 11 – 34 (2008) Italian bicameralism is a constitutional feature that is quite often the object of criticism from both politicians and scholars. It is also a somewhat neglected topic within Italian political science. The main aim of the present article is to evaluate the […] Read more – ‘Dividing Parliament? Italian Bicameralism in the Legislative Process (1987-2006)’.
An Afterword – But Not the Last Word
Author: Francesco Zucchini Published: South European Society and Politics 13(1): 111 – 115 (2008) The articles included in this issue display a healthy scepticism towards any naïve parallelism between the changes in the party system, the electoral rules or political communication, and the changes that have taken place in the legislative process. The former are […] Read more – ‘An Afterword – But Not the Last Word’.
Patterns of Consensual Law-making in the Italian Parliament
Author: Marco Giuliani Published: South European Society and Politics 13(1): 61 – 85 (2008) The transformation of the Italian political system, which began in the early 1990s, should have had an impact upon internal parliamentary dynamics, and in particular upon the degree of consensualism within the legislative process. In this article we are going to […] Read more – ‘Patterns of Consensual Law-making in the Italian Parliament’.
Brand New, Somewhat New or Rather Old? The Italian Legislative Process in an Age of Alternation
Author: Marco Giuliani Published: South European Society and Politics 13(1): 1 – 10 (2008) This special issue of South European Society & Politics explores the transformation of Italy’s law-making process, and presents fresh data and a series of original analyses, with regard to four key topics: the role played by the bicameral structure of parliament; […] Read more – ‘Brand New, Somewhat New or Rather Old? The Italian Legislative Process in an Age of Alternation’.
Politiche comunitarie e recepimento italiano. Dov’è il problema?
Author: Marco Giuliani Published: Quaderni italiani di scienza politica 1: 39–69 (2007) — No abstract is available at the time — Read more – ‘Politiche comunitarie e recepimento italiano. Dov’è il problema?’.
Legislative output and the Constitutional Court in Italy
Authors: Michele Santoni and Francesco Zucchini Published: Constitutional Political Economy 17(3): 165–187 (2006) — No abstract is available at the time — Read more – ‘Legislative output and the Constitutional Court in Italy’.
Teoria della delega e leggi. Cenni introduttivi ed esempi di applicazione
Author: Francesco Zucchini Published: Rivista italiana di Politiche Pubbliche (3): 57–98 (2005) This article aims both to review the crucial features of the principal-agent framework and to show its utility for the research on the legislative process. The principal’s attempt to minimize the agency loss in a unidimensional policy space can explain why some delegation […] Read more – ‘Teoria della delega e leggi. Cenni introduttivi ed esempi di applicazione’.
Il senso del limite. Problemi aperti nell’analisi del legislativo
Author: Marco Giuliani Published: Rivista italiana di Politiche Pubbliche 2005(3): 15–55 (2005) There have been different seasons in the analysis of the Italian parliament and its legislative process, each one characterised by peculiar research questions. While «growing older», this field of inquiry has increasingly relied, both in its quantitative and qualitative variations, on some standardized […] Read more – ‘Il senso del limite. Problemi aperti nell’analisi del legislativo’.
The Italian parliament: In search of a new role?
Authors: Giliberto Capano and Marco Giuliani Published: Journal of Legislative Studies 9(2): 8–34 (2003) The consolidation of Italian democracy dates back to the early 1950s. This half-century – a rather long period compared to the other Southern European countries – is now traditionally perceived as being composed of two different time intervals. The first 40 […] Read more – ‘The Italian parliament: In search of a new role?’.
The Italian Parliament twixt the Logic of Government and the Logic of Institutions (Much Ado about Something-but What Exactly?)
Authors: Gabriele Capano and Marco Giuliani Published: Italian politics 2003, eds. Jean Blondel and Paolo Segatti. New York: Berghahn Books, p. 142–161 (2003) — No abstract is available at the time — Read more – ‘The Italian Parliament twixt the Logic of Government and the Logic of Institutions (Much Ado about Something-but What Exactly?)’.
The new Parliament and the start of a decisive legislature
Authors: Luca Verzichelli and Francesco Zucchini Published: The Italian general Elections of 2001: Berlusconi’s victory, ed. James L. Newell. Manchester: Manchester University Press (2002) — No abstract is available at the time — Read more – ‘The new Parliament and the start of a decisive legislature’.
Il processo legislativo: comparazioni diacroniche e internazionali
Author: Marco Giuliani Published: La competitività dell’Italia, ed. Orazio Petracca. Roma: Il Sole 24 Ore (2002) — No abstract is available at the time — Read more – ‘Il processo legislativo: comparazioni diacroniche e internazionali’.
Veto players’ e interazione fra esecutivo e legislativo: il caso italiano
Author: Francesco Zucchini Published: Rivista italiana di scienza politica (1): 109–138 (2001) Most studies of the Italian parliament during the so called First Republic try to explain the permanent characteristics of legislative output. Scholars trying to account for the change usually interpret it as the complete fullfilment of structural factors operating since the beginning of […] Read more – ‘Veto players’ e interazione fra esecutivo e legislativo: il caso italiano’.
Governing without Surviving? An Italian paradox: law-making in Italy 1987-2001
Authors: Giliberto Capano and Marco Giuliani Published: Journal of Legislative Studies 7(4): 13–36 (2001) Almost 25 years ago, Di Palma portrayed the Italian political system as one in which parties, executives and political élites survived without governing. Much of his interpretation was based upon a careful empirical investigation of the actual functioning of the legislative […] Read more – ‘Governing without Surviving? An Italian paradox: law-making in Italy 1987-2001’.
Parlamento e processo legislativo in Italia: continuità e mutamento
Authors: Giliberto Capano and Marco Giuliani Published: Bologna Il Mulino (2001) — No abstract is available at the time — Read more – ‘Parlamento e processo legislativo in Italia: continuità e mutamento’.
Measures of consensual law-making: Italian ‘consociativismo’
Author: Marco Giuliani Published: South European Society and Politics 2(1): 66–96 (1997) This article has three different aims. Firstly, to identify the distinguishing features of Italianconsociativismo, contrasting them with the characteristics of Lijphart’s consociational democracies. Secondly, to introduce the main hypotheses which have been advanced in the literature to interpret this phenomenon; and thirdly to […] Read more – ‘Measures of consensual law-making: Italian ‘consociativismo’’.
L’attività legislativa del Parlamento italiano: consociativismo? Polarizzazione?
Author: Francesco Zucchini Published: Rivista italiana di scienza politica (3): 569–610 (1997) The article explores the problem of the “consociational” nature of Italian democracy during the First Republic. The Author focuses on the oversized legislative coalitions that supported “particularistic” bills during this period. Two alternative approaches to explain the pattern of behavior in the Italian […] Read more – ‘L’attività legislativa del Parlamento italiano: consociativismo? Polarizzazione?’.