Apart from the event itself, the formation of the second Berlusconi
government is, from a wider perspective, replete with interesting
elements. It facilitates a better understanding of where the transformation
process of the Italian political system stands about 10
years after the crisis of the 1990s. The theme of government – its
process of formation and completion, as well as its political basis
and operational capacity – is of obvious importance. The ‘First
Republic’ was predominantly characterised by the way government
was produced (and how it consequently functioned). It is no coincidence
that the debate on institutional reform that began in the
1980s targeted the issue of government and the need for reform.
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