Italian Political Science <p><strong>Italian Political Science (IPS)</strong>&nbsp;is an open-access peer-reviewed quarterly journal dedicated to deepening the understanding of political phenomena relevant for political scientists and a wider public, including journalists, policy-makers, policy analysts, political activists and all those who have an interest in politics.</p> <p>IPS publishes&nbsp;<strong>intellectually stimulating and conceptually rigorous contributions</strong>&nbsp;on all areas relevant to Political science. All articles include a focus on contemporary Italy, either considered as a case-study or in comparative or European perspective.</p> Società Italiana di Scienza Politica - Italian Association of Political Science en-US Italian Political Science 2420-8434 We did it well enough. Systemic reforms, changes in recruitment procedures, and the evolution of Italian political science <p>Italian political science has been evolving over time dealing with various reforms and changes in the structure of academic career and procedures for recruitment that have characterized the last decades of the Italian university system. This paper reflects on how these&nbsp; changes have challenged the foundational identity of Italian political science and how they have influenced its development as a community of scholars. It emerges that at least three relevant dynamics emerge:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; the shift from a national and centralized community to &nbsp;a set of &nbsp;“glocal” networks of scholars; the capacity to perform relatively well, from a qualitative point of view; the risk that the capacity to reproduce the discipline identity, or at least its foundational core, could be significantly weakened.</p> Giliberto Capano Copyright (c) 2021 Giliberto Capano 2021-02-03 2021-02-03 15 3 305–315 305–315 Italian Political Science today: Has the profession changed in the last ten years? <p>This contribution analyzes the opportunities that the 2010 reform of higher education (Gelmini reform) created for Italian political scientists to form departments centered on the social sciences that would encourage greater experimentation with degree programs more attuned to the needs of a changing society and better able to chart the evolving nature of contemporary politics. It underscores the diffi-culty of making this transition, but also highlights the attempts formally made in this direction. It further analyzes the positive impact that the same reform has had on the internationalization and profession-alization of the younger generations of political scientists. It also warns, however, against the promo-tion of an understanding of academic career that may induce them to detach themselves from other aspects of the profession that have to do with the management of university structures and the broad promotion of political science, nationally and internationally.</p> Simona Piattoni Copyright (c) 2021 Simona Piattoni 2021-03-30 2021-03-30 15 3 316–326 316–326 Candidate selection procedures and women's representation in Italy <p>Political parties play the most prominent role in shaping the gender composition of parliaments. Through political recruitment, parties might act in such ways as to promote or hinder gender equality in terms of women’s chances to access parliamentary seats. While external factors, such as the electoral system and the presence of legislated gender quotas have been widely studied as affecting parties’ attitudes towards gender equality, candidates’ selection procedures represent one of the most important, although still understudied, features internal to party organisation that have an impact of women’s representation. By taking the Italian 2013 elections as a case study, our empirical analysis shows that inclusive selection methods, such as open primaries, increase female candidates chances to get elected in comparison to other, more exclusive methods, such as selection by party leadership.</p> Pamela Pansardi Luca Pinto Copyright (c) 2021 Pamela Pansardi, Luca Pinto 2021-04-21 2021-04-21 15 3 241–256 241–256 Is something changing? Preliminary results about the impact of the COVID-19 emergency on the Italians attitudes towards the EU. <p>The COVID-19 outbreak has had a strong impact on several aspects of private and public life all over the country. This article in particular deals with the impact of the pandemic crisis on attitudes towards the European Union. Based on an opinion survey administered after the COVID-19 first wave to a rep-resentative sample of Italians, this article provides preliminary results on whether the health crisis has impacted Italians’ perceptions of EU membership. Findings suggest that one fifth of the respondents changed their minds about the EU in a relatively short time span. Among possible explanations for this shift, party cueing is shown to be the most important factor in transforming public perception of Eu-rope, while the pattern is less clear for the perception of the pandemic risk and the economic outlook.</p> Antonella Seddone Giuliano Bobba Copyright (c) 2021 Antonella Seddone, Giuliano Bobba 2021-05-05 2021-05-05 15 3 257 272 The Broken Promise of Postmaterialism? Analysing Western European Parties’ Emphases Through Manifesto Data (1990-2019) <p>The scholarly debate on the materialist/postmaterialist issue dimension mainly focuses on the demand-side of electoral politics, often asserting the well-known Inglehartian value-change thesis. This paper instead turns to the often neglected supply-side, by empirically analysing the electoral offer of Western European political parties in first-order elections between 1990 and 2019. It relies on Manifesto Project (MARPOR) data about electoral manifestos, to answer the research question surrounding if parties put greater emphasis on materialist or postmaterialist issues. Specifically, it aggregates MARPOR categories in theoretically-informed scores of materialism and postmaterialism to allow for cross-country and cross-time comparisons. In doing so, it empirically demonstrates that parties emphasise materialist questions significantly more than postmaterialist ones, throughout the entire timeframe. Such finding is robust to various spatial and temporal checks, as well as several alternative aggregation specifications. Moreover, a detailed instantiation is presented with reference to the typical case of Italy. The presented results disconfirm postmaterialist arguments on the supply-side of electoral politics within the selected context of analysis, corroborating and extending in time previous work that went in this direction. This article contributes to the literature on electoral and issue politics, potentially opening up important research avenues.</p> Federico Trastulli Copyright (c) 2021 Federico Trastulli 2021-02-22 2021-02-22 15 3 273–304 273–304