This article analyzes the interaction between electoral system and party system in the Italian case by comparing general elections results in 2006, 2008 and 2013. Starting from the observation of the different outcomes of 2006 and 2008 general elections, on the one hand, and 2013, on the other, the article devotes attention on how between electoral and party systems there is not a systematic causal link, but a “interaction of mutual independence”. The first two general elections, which took place under the 2005 electoral law, resulted in a bipolar system retention. The third one, conversely, resulted in a multipolar system restoration. Such divergent outcomes shows how incentive or disincentive effects for a bipolar or multipolar competition are even related to party systems structuring and its endogenous transformations. In this edition, expanded and updated with respect to the previous one, the outcome of the European elections of May 2014 is also analyzed. This outcome - although methodologically not comparable with the result of the previous general elections - seems to confirm the tendency towards multipolarism that emerged in 2013.
|Titolo della pubblicazione ospite||INTRASFORMAZIONE|
|Numero di pagine||30|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2015|