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The Formation of the Renzi Government

Carolyn Forestiere

Keywords: CABINET; ENRICO LETTA; GENDER PARITY; MATTEO RENZI; MINISTERS; NEW GOVERNMENT; TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE

The Renzi government formed in February 2014 was the youngest cabinet in Italian post-war history. It also had an equal number of male and female ministers—a first in Italian history. This chapter sets the scene by recounting the end of the Letta government before moving on to analyze the formation of the Renzi Cabinet, the competing inter- and intra-party considerations that affected the choice of ministers, and the need to signal technical competence in key economic roles.

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