▪ M. Barisione, “Elettori indecisi, elettori fluttuanti: che volto hanno i “bilancieri” del voto? I casi italiano e Francese”, on “Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica” , n. 1, pages 73-108.

▪ P. Bellucci, “Un declino precocemente annunciato? Il voto di classe in Italia, 1968-1996”, on “Polis”, n. 2, pages 203-225. (Read abstract)

The mainstream interpretation of the relationship between social class and voting portrays a minor impact of social stratification on electoral behaviour. Scholars in fact generally emphasise the interclass appeal of Italian parties and the homogeneity of their electoral base. Employing a large data set, which combines all of the previously available electoral surveys plus the more recent Italian National Election Studies (Itanes) series, and new measures based on log odds-ratios, a stronger level of class voting than assumed in previous studies is found. In contrast to previous and prevailing interpretations, class differences in voting behaviour, though declining, are evident over the period examined. To account for such a trend, it is related to the class-based appeals of parties’ policy proposals, measured by factor analyses of their party manifestos. It is found that over time distinct parties’ class appeals – assessed through their distance in terms of economic policy platforms – elicit a class response in the electorate, counterbalancing contrasting sociological drives.

▪ P. G. Corbetta, R. Cartocci, “Ventenni contro”, on “Il Mulino” n. 5, pages 861-870. (Read abstract)

After the protest movement that found political expression in the violent demonstrations around the G-8 meeting in summer 2001 in Genua, the authors tray to answer to the question if a new political generation is going to spring up in the Italian political landscape, basing their analysis on the 2001 Itanes survey.


▪ ITANES, “Perchè ha vinto il centro-destra”, Bologna, Il Mulino

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