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Marco Giuliani and Erik Jones

The year 2009 was a period of uncertainty, during which the Italian

political world appeared to be floundering and in need of a compass.

As evidenced by the chronological overview, many events continued

to beleaguer the political and social life in Italy. Some, such as the

result of the European elections and the escalation of the economic

crisis and its repercussions, were foreseen or, in any case, predictable.

Others, including the numerous scandals and irregularities that

tarnished the political year, continuously feeding the mass media with

distractions and nurturing the public debate with less then edifying

themes, were less expected.

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Rolf Dieter Hepp

have lost their potential legitimacy, resulting in new patterns of social uncertainty and precarious living conditions that are becoming a social reality across Europe. This change is challenging established norms, traditional ways, secured existence

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The Deliberative Potential of Facultative Referendums

Procedure and Substance in Direct Democracy

Alice el-Wakil

, promotion of the common good, and participation—by shifting the focus to the actual acceptance of reasons by the citizens and by introducing uncertainty thanks to its bottom-up aspect. I finally emphasize the value of the shift from hypothetical to actual

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Many Damn Things Simultaneously--at Least for Awhile

Complexity Theory and World Affairs

James N. Rosenau

In this emergent epoch of multiple contradictions that I have labelled ‘fragmegration’ in order to summarily capture the tensions between the fragmenting and integrating forces that sustain world affairs,2 a little noticed – and yet potentially significant – discrepancy prevails between our intellectual progress toward grasping the underlying complexity of human systems and our emotional expectation that advances in complexity theory may somehow point the way to policies which can ameliorate the uncertainties inherent in a fragmegrative world. The links here are profoundly causal: the more uncertainty has spread since the end of the Cold War, the more are analysts inclined to seek panaceas for instability and thus the more have they latched onto recent strides in complexity theory in the hope that it will yield solutions to the intractable problems that beset us. No less important, all these links – the uncertainty, the search for panaceas, and the strides in complexity theory – are huge, interactive, and still intensifying, thus rendering the causal dynamics ever more relevant to the course of events.

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Alessia Donà

Despite a situation of economic crisis and political uncertainty, the year 2013 will be remembered for the highest female parliamentary representation ever reached in Italy, for the adoption of new legislative measures to combat violence against women, and for increased female participation in the labor market. This chapter provides an overview of these three main events. First, by conducting a process-tracing analysis, the chapter reconstructs the steps taken toward new legislative measures against gender-based violence. Second, the chapter explores the Italian labor market, where the harsh crisis put women back into the workforce. Lastly, the possible policy implications of a renewed, younger, and more gender-balanced Parliament are discussed. The main argument is that the events of 2013 may represent a turning point for Italian women's rights, but only if traditional gender roles are challenged.

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Janet Elise Johnson and Mara Lazda

, “Feminism Travels: Cautionary Tales,” in Feminism of Uncertainty: A Gender Diary (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2015), 204–215. 3 Snitow, “Feminism Travels,” 205–206. 4 Ibid., 213. 5 See Gesine Fuchs and Eva-Maria Hinterhuber, “Neoliberal

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Teppo Eskelinen

risks’ should be assessed by referring to their multiple normative aspects. This will be demonstrated with a concept analysis of the meaning of ‘risk’, entailing an analysis of the distinction between risk and uncertainty, and a discussion on how risks

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Jan Ifversen

anticipations ( Vorgriffe ) might then be able to master the event and reduce the novelty of it. In other situations we are left uncertain, or we have to rely on concepts of uncertainty such as event and crisis. It is quite obvious that we live in times of

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Federica Stagni and Daryl Glaser

’ words) to ‘control, marginalise and stigmatise’ the oppressed while opening new avenues for capitalist accumulation. While contributors call on neoliberalism to explain much, they exhibit some uncertainty about what it has wrought. Sometimes they see

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“The 1990s Wasn't Just a Time of Bandits; We Feminists Were Also Making Mischief!”

Celebrating Twenty Years of Feminist Enlightenment Projects in Tver’

Julie Hemment and Valentina Uspenskaya

about the uncertainties of the moment, I was drawn to think of Ann Snitow's book, The Feminism of Uncertainty . 21 She embraced “uncertainty” as a watchword for knowing that feminism was always evolving, but not knowing what it might become. Hers was a