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 Ineffective changes for hard times. The 2017 reform of the Italian Senate’s Rule of Procedure and its effects <p>In 2017, an extensive reform of the Rules of Procedure of the Italian Senate was enacted. The revision was soon welcomed as a step towards a more efficient and rapid upper house. In this article, we focus on one crucial aspect of the reform: the changes made to the rules governing the assignment of bills to parliamentary committees. In particular, we analyze the costs associated with the different assignment procedures and develop some theoretical expectations about the change brought about by the reform in terms of decision-making efficiency. These expectations are empirically evaluated against data on lawmaking in the Senate before and after the reform. A comparison is also carried out using data from the Chamber of Deputies. Preliminary results show that the new rules have not improved the efficiency and productivity of the Italian Senate so far.</p> Andrea Pedrazzani Francesco Zucchini Copyright (c) 2020 Italian Political Science 2020-11-09 2020-11-09 15 2 1 18 Responsiveness, Responsibility and the Role of Parliament. Public Budgeting in Italy in the Time of Techno-Populism <p>Institutional frictions ruling the public budget narrow a government’s possibilities to implement its electoral stances and policy preferences. At the same time, parties increasingly move around between the choice to be responsive and the need to be responsible. These have become major challenges in Italy, particularly after the 2018 elections and in the era of techno-populism, when many parties took office while advertising themselves as expert problem-solvers and the only ones able to give a voice to popular demands. Measuring the allocation of expenditure and budget changes in Italy during the XVIII legislative term, the paper studies the trade-off between responsibility and responsiveness and populism where budget policy is concerned. It also sheds light on the balance of power between the executive and the legislative, investigating how the first and second Conte governments steered and exploited the budgetary process to protect their spending preferences.</p> Alice Cavalieri Copyright (c) 2020 Italian Political Science 2020-09-14 2020-09-14 15 2 1 23 Making Laws Fit for the Present Day <p>This article retraces the events of the first Conte government from its difficult birth by contract through to its foreseen death and seeks to establish a connection between the political-institutional aspects of this unprecedented government alliance and the use of legislative instruments, as well as between the devaluation of Parliament and the successes of legislative parliamentary initiatives. This reconstruc-tion also compares the first months of the 18th legislature with the first months of the preceding legis-latures of the so-called ‘Second Republic’. The conclusion will be that this legislature distinguishes itself from certain preceding long-term legislatures (the 13th, 14th, 16th and 17th) by an approach orien-tated exclusively to the present and to constitutional reforms that are very small in dimension but huge in impact (such as reducing the number of parliamentarians). Like the other legislatures, it will end with a government and a majority which are different from the original ones, but perhaps with the same prime minister. When that will happen is obviously unclear.</p> Valerio Di Porto Copyright (c) 2020 Valerio Di Porto 2021-01-08 2021-01-08 15 2 1 14