Archivi categoria: Democracy Disfigured

The Valley of the Clueless. The German public sphere and the Euro crisis.

Since the financial and economical crisis in the EU has led to strong conflicts between the states of the Euro zone, the political communication in the EU has left the form of a transnational, growing shared public sphere and assumes … Continua a leggere

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The Lost Europe and the Ventotene Manifesto

My speech has been inspired by reading Is Europe lost? (Europa perduta?, Il Mulino, Bologna 2014). It’s a book composed by two short essays, written by Giuliano Amato and Ernesto Galli Della Loggia. This book is an interesting starting point … Continua a leggere

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Italy’s multidimensional crisis. Exogenous and endogenous factors

Due to the autarchy of its banking system Italy has not been so badly affected by the financial crisis of 2007-08. The impact of the Euro-crisis was on the contrary more relevant. It involved the introduction of major austerity measures … Continua a leggere

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Public Opinion and Democracy in an Age of Crisis

Giovanni Sartori, the well known Italian political scientist, has written that public opinion is “the content that gives substance and efficacy to popular sovereignty” so much so that democracy can be defined as government based on opinion “founded on the … Continua a leggere

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Plebiscitarianism and Democratic Society. An Outline.

Contemporary democracy is experimenting a new way of its history, which will presumably reshape some basic assumptions of political modernity as the ones which refer to the grounds of legality, legitimacy and participation. Indeed, as political spectators we are relatively unable to … Continua a leggere

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