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Italy toward (Yet Another) Electoral Reform

Gianfranco Baldini and Alan Renwick

Keywords: BICAMERALISM; CONSTITUTIONAL COURT; ELECTORAL REFORM; MAJORITY BONUS; PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION; PUBLIC OPINION

The topic of electoral reform, a recurring feature of the Italian political agenda, resurfaced in 2014. At the start of the year, a ruling by the Constitutional Court returned the country to a proportional system, similar to the one in place during the First Republic. This chapter examines the key political responses to that ruling and how the decision has spurred further electoral reforms, resulting in the most majoritarian system in Italy's democratic history.

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