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Not a Normal Country: Italy After Berusconi

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Not a Normal Country explores Italian politics and culture in the era of Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's richest man and one of its longest serving Prime Ministers. Based on interviews with leading figures, diaries of key events and his extensive travel throughout Italy, Geoff Andrews argues that the Berlusconi phenomenon was a populist response to widespread cynicism about politics. Berlusconi posed as an 'anti-politician' and attempted to extend his success as a salesman into his role as a statesman.

However, as the second part of the book shows, a new opposition began to challenge Berlusconi's grip on power. This is the first book to address Berlusconi's decline and the nature of the movements which grew in response, including the anti-global protests at Genoa in 2001, less conventional ones like the girotondi, led by the film director Nanni Moretti, and the revival of civil society in some of the remotest corners of southern Italy. According to Andrews, this new associationism helped rebuild Italian politics in ways beyond the imagination of political parties.

Finally, Andrews looks to the future and, through the varied examples of anti-mafia protest in Sicily, the huge demonstrations for peace and the Slow Food movement, asks what this richer 'postmodern' mix of politics, culture and ideology will mean for Italy after Berlusconi.

Geoff Andrews has written widely on Italian and British politics. His books include Endgames and New Times: The Final Years of British Communism (Lawrence and Wishart 2004). He is Staff Tutor in Politics at the Open University and an associate editor of Surroundings.

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A gripping account of modern Italian politcs that gets inside the Berlusconi phenomenon.

Synopsis:

Not a Normal Country explores Italian politics and culture in the era of Silvio Berlusconi, Italys richest man and one of its longest serving prime ministers. Geoff Andrews argues that the ‘Berlusconi phenomenon was a populist response to widespread cynicism towards politics. Berlusconi posed as an ‘anti-politician, and based his appeal on his virtues as a salesman rather than a statesman. The second part of the book discusses the varied opposition to Berlusconi. This ranges from the anti-global demonstrations in Genoa in 2001 to unconventional protests such as the Girotondo movement led by the film director Nanni Moretti. According to Andrews, this new associationism has helped rebuild Italian politics. Finally, Andrews looks to the future and, through the examples of anti-mafia protests in Sicily as well as opposition to the Americanisation of Italian culture, considers the prospects for the new post-Berlusconi Italy.

About the Author

Geoff Andrews is a Lecturer in Politics at the Open University. He is the author of a number of books including Endgames and New Times: The Final Years of the British Communist Party, recently published by Lawrence and Wishart. He is also co-editor of the journal Soundings.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements

Map of Italy

Introduction: Not a Normal Country

Section One: Berlusconi and Friends

1 From Salesman to Statesman: The Postmodern Populism of Silvio Berlusconi

2 History Matters: The Battle for the Memory of Monte Sole

3 Bossi's Last Shout

Section Two: The Remaking of Politics

4 The Failure of the Italian Third Way and the Return of Ideology

5 Italy's New Opposition

6 The South Strikes Back

Section Three: Another Italy?

7 Civic Renaissance in Sicily

8 Slow Food in the Fast Lane

Product Details

ISBN:
9780745323671
Author:
Andrews, Geoff
Publisher:
Pluto Press (UK)
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
History
Subject:
Europe - Italy
Subject:
Political Process - Political Parties
Subject:
Government - International
Subject:
National characteristics, italian
Subject:
Politics and culture - Italy - History -
Subject:
World History-Italy
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 map, 8 photos
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 in

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Not a Normal Country explores Italian politics and culture in the era of Silvio Berlusconi, Italys richest man and one of its longest serving prime ministers. Geoff Andrews argues that the ‘Berlusconi phenomenon was a populist response to widespread cynicism towards politics. Berlusconi posed as an ‘anti-politician, and based his appeal on his virtues as a salesman rather than a statesman. The second part of the book discusses the varied opposition to Berlusconi. This ranges from the anti-global demonstrations in Genoa in 2001 to unconventional protests such as the Girotondo movement led by the film director Nanni Moretti. According to Andrews, this new associationism has helped rebuild Italian politics. Finally, Andrews looks to the future and, through the examples of anti-mafia protests in Sicily as well as opposition to the Americanisation of Italian culture, considers the prospects for the new post-Berlusconi Italy.
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