Italians' voting behaviour has shown a remarkable degree of stability for the first thirty years of the postwar period; Until the beginning of the 90s the voters' behaviour was characterized by a general but gradual dealignment, whose driving forces were both social - an outcome of the impressive Italian social change of postwar period - and political. However, voters expressed themselves within the old political and ideological constraints, whose subjective meaning had probably changed in some aspects over the years, but its echo was still effective on voting behaviour. With regard to the results of the General Elections of May 2001 the paper (1) draws a picture of Italian electorate; (2) portrays the main aspects of Italian political culture and behaviour; and (3) attempts to answer the question whether Italian voters continue to make their voting choices within the 'traditional' framework that dominated Italian politics or there are indications of new factors and socio-psychological mechanisms leading to voting decisions.

Continuity and change in Italian electoral behaviour / M. Maraffi. ((Intervento presentato al 15. convegno The social world in the twenty first century : ambivalent legacies and rising challenges tenutosi a Brisbane, Australia nel 2002.

Continuity and change in Italian electoral behaviour

M. Maraffi
Primo
2002-07

Abstract

Italians' voting behaviour has shown a remarkable degree of stability for the first thirty years of the postwar period; Until the beginning of the 90s the voters' behaviour was characterized by a general but gradual dealignment, whose driving forces were both social - an outcome of the impressive Italian social change of postwar period - and political. However, voters expressed themselves within the old political and ideological constraints, whose subjective meaning had probably changed in some aspects over the years, but its echo was still effective on voting behaviour. With regard to the results of the General Elections of May 2001 the paper (1) draws a picture of Italian electorate; (2) portrays the main aspects of Italian political culture and behaviour; and (3) attempts to answer the question whether Italian voters continue to make their voting choices within the 'traditional' framework that dominated Italian politics or there are indications of new factors and socio-psychological mechanisms leading to voting decisions.
Italy ; Voting Behaviour ; Elections ; Voters ; Political Culture;
Settore SPS/11 - Sociologia dei Fenomeni Politici
Settore SPS/07 - Sociologia Generale
International Sociological Association
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Continuity and change in Italian electoral behaviour / M. Maraffi. ((Intervento presentato al 15. convegno The social world in the twenty first century : ambivalent legacies and rising challenges tenutosi a Brisbane, Australia nel 2002.
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