Over the last twenty tears Italians have witnessed the failure
of major attempts at establishing a conservative-liberal party, modernizing
the country and sparking a liberal revolution. Yet two decades of Berlusconism
have exerted great influence over Italy's political culture and politics. Twenty
years ago Silvio Berlusconi's newly founded Forza Italia won the 1994 parliamentary
elections. It was anything but a fluke occurrence. Indeed, that moment ushered
in a new party system and a long era during which the so-called "Cavaliere"
was the major player. The author narrates the political events of those years,
as well as the 1980s incubation period, and highlights the origins of Berlusconism,
the modes and causes of its development, and its points of strength and weakness.
Berlusconi has managed to play a central role in Italian politics thanks to
his formidable resources, especially in the field of communication, his innovative
approach in terms of content and style, and his opponents' indecisive reaction.
How has the "revolutionary" nature of Berlusconi's eruption into Italian politics
changed the political system? What results has it achieved? And have we reached
the end of the story?
Piero Ignazi teaches Comparative Politics at
the University of Bologna and is a columnist for the national daily newspaper
"la Repubblica" and newsweekly "Espresso".
I. Prima del diluvio. Società e politica negli anni Ottanta
II. Il crollo del sistema
III. L'entrata in scena
IV. La traversata nel deserto
V. Il potere e i suoi affanni
VI. Trionfo e caduta
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