Election Aftermath
The Impossibility of Italian Politics

This week’s inconclusive election results have confirmed once again that Italy’s democratic dysfunction runs deep. In the short term, it may well prove ungovernable.

Published on: March 7, 2018
John Lloyd is a contributing editor at the Financial Times and a co-founder of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, where he is senior research fellow.
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  • Gary Hemminger

    Italy has been like this for a long time, but I don’t see mass pandemonium in the streets. I don’t see people dying in droves. It is the 9th largest economy in the world. So what the heck is the actual problem? Things are messy. What the heck is new. And as far as only big personalities running things, well take a look around you fella. How about Trump? How about Oprah maybe running. What the heck is the difference? In the old days when people were uninformed they left politics to the elite, and the elite actually seemed to look after them. Now folks are just as uninformed, but think they are informed, and in fact are mal-informed by all the internet idiocy, but they are more involved than ever in politics. What do you expect but chaos when you have a very involved and emotional electorate that to me appears to be even less informed about the real world than the bulk of people 100 years ago? Although less informed they are more assured of their own correctness and righteousness than ever before. That combination spells trouble, and it isn’t just italy.

  • D4x
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  • QET

    There is no establishment, in the differing American, British, and French sense: No parties emerging over centuries, adapting to the exigencies of time and events; no grand families steeped in politics stretching back decades; no sternly educated cadres destined for high political, administrative, or corporate power; no strong attachment to ideals of freedom and independence; no monarchy or aristocracy with a residual leverage over public life with a large call (as in the UK) on public affection.

    One of these things is not like the others. I left a little clue.

    • D4x

      When I read that list, my thought was how lucky Italy is to NOT have such an “establishment”, especially “no grand families steeped in politics stretching back decades”, or “sternly educated cadres destined for high political, administrative, or corporate power”

      But, got caught up looking for a visual shout that immigration was a huge issue in Italy, which manages to function as a nation despite, or because of, their ‘fluid’ coalition-building and renovating whenever it needs a change.
      I had read this first: “Italy Reboots” By Joel Weickgenant March 06, 2018

      Really need to figure out how to get html tags for italics to work.

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