After a turbulent legislature, characterised by the alternation of three different coalition governments led by the Democratic Party, the failure of the Constitutional referendum, and the approval of a new mixed-member electoral system, Italy faces a new general election in a context of high political uncertainty. Will the result of the election provide a parliamentary majority for the new government? Will a more fragmented party system create a parliamentary deadlock? What will be the political consequences of the widespread anti-political sentiment of the Italian voters? These are just a few of the many interesting questions that describe the context of the 2018 Italian general election.
In its first issue of 2018, Italian Political Science (IPS) hosts a special issue on the analysis of this critical election edited by Vincenzo Emanuele. We invite interested contributors to submit short papers (between 4,000 and 6,000 words) covering a broad set of topics and using a broad range of approaches and methods. The following is a (non-restricted) list of topics we are interested in:

  1. The electoral campaign between new and old media
  2. Issues and party competition
  3. The pre-electoral coalition-building process, leader and candidate selection
  4. The new electoral system and its effects on voting behaviour, party competition and representation
  5. The electoral results for parties and coalitions, the analysis of the electoral geography
  6. The party system
  7. The determinants of the individual vote choice
  8. The characteristics of the new parliamentary class

Expressions of interest can be sent to this address.
Papers can only be submitted electronically through the journal online submission system.

The deadline for the submission of papers is April 7, 2018. Selected papers will be submitted to peer review.