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 Editing South European Society and Politics: A Labour of Love <p>Anna Bosco is Associate Professor of Comparative Politics and Politics of the European Union at the University of Florence. She has carried out research on parties and party systems change in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and East-Central Europe.</p> <p>Susannah Verney is Associate Professor of European Integration and European Politics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has carried out research on Greek and South European politics, Euroscepticism and EU Enlargement.</p> <p>They are the Editors of the journal <em>South European Society and Politics</em> and the related Routledge book series. They have co-edited several comparative books, all published by Routledge: <em>Crisis Elections, New Contenders and Government Formation: Breaking the Mould in Southern Europe</em> (2018); <em>Protest Elections and Challenger Parties: Italy and Greece in the Economic Crisis</em> (2015); <em>Southern Europe and the Financial Earthquake: Coping with the First Phase of the International Crisis</em> (with Marina Costa Lobo, 2014); <em>Elections in Hard Times: Southern Europe, 2010–11</em> (2013); and a volume on Turkey, <em>The AKP Since Gezi Park: Moving to Regime Change in Turkey</em> (with Senem Ayd?n-Düzgit).</p> <p>The following interview was conducted by the editor of <em>Italian Political Science</em>, Nicolò Conti, and edited by the two interviewees.</p> Anna Bosco Susannah Verney Copyright (c) 2021 Nicolò Conti; Anna Bosco, Susannah Verney 2021-07-19 2021-07-19 16 1 40–45 40–45 Journal Editing and the Italian Political Science Review <p>Martin J. Bull is Professor of Politics and Associate Dean for Research &amp; Innovation at the University of Salford, and former Director of the European Consortium of Political Research. He is currently Editor of the <em>Italian Political Science Review </em>and the <em>Journal of Contemporary European Studies</em>, as well as Founding Editor of the ECPR’s political science blog-site, <em>The Loop. </em>He serves on the Editorial Boards of <em>South European Society and Politics</em>, <em>Modern Italy</em>, and <em>Contemporary Italian Politics. </em>He is former Editor of <em>Modern Italy </em>(2005-2010), <em>European Political Science </em>(2006-2013) and <em>Social Sciences </em>(2011-2018), as well as former Associate Editor of <em>Parliamentary Affairs </em>(2007-2012), and former Editorial Board member of several journals including <em>West European Politics </em>and <em>Politics.</em></p> <p>The following interview was conducted by the editor of <em>Italian Political Science</em>, Nicolò Conti and edited by the interviewee.</p> Martin Bull Copyright (c) 2021 Nicolò Conti; Martin Bull 2021-07-19 2021-07-19 16 1 46 51 Contemporary Italian Politics: Italy from abroad <p>James Newell is an adjunct professor at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo and former Professor of Politics at the University of Salford, UK. His recent books include, <em>Silvio Berlusconi: A Study in Failure</em> (2019), <em>Corruption in Contemporary Politics a New Travel Guide</em> (2019) (both with Manchester University Press), <em>Europe and the Left: Resisting the Populist Tide </em>(ed. Palgrave, 2020), <em>Italy’s Contemporary Politics</em> (Routledge, 2020). He is founder and co-editor of the quarterly journal, <em>Contemporary Italian Politics</em>.</p> <p>The following interview was conducted by the editor of <em>Italian Political Science</em>, Daniela Sicurelli, and edited by the interviewee.</p> James Newell Copyright (c) 2021 Daniela Sicurelli, James Newell 2021-07-19 2021-07-19 16 1 52–57 52–57 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? The Approaches of the Conte Governments to the European Union <p>Over the past few years, interdependence and the increasing importance of external constraints on Member State governments’ domestic policies have deepened relations between the European Union (EU) and European cabinets. This article investigates the Conte I and Conte II governments’ approach to the EU. Drawing on cleavage theory, we hypothesise that the PD exercised a ‘mitigation effect’ on M5S Euroscepticism, leading to a change in the government’s attitude towards the EU. We test this hypothesis through a small-n comparative analysis based on the two governments’ political pro-grammes, composition, and budgetary policy in the framework of the European Semester. The article is structured as follows: First, we build the theoretical framework on cleavage theory and the ‘mitigation effect’ hypothesis. Second, we illustrate the transition from the Conte I to the Conte II government. Third, we discuss the method and research strategy. Finally, we examine the Conte governments’ polit-ical programmes, composition and budgetary policy with a view to testing the ‘mitigation effect’. Our analysis shows that a shift in Italy’s orientation towards the EU occurred in the transition from Conte I to Conte II, owing much to the PD’s involvement in the latter.</p> Andrea Capati Marco Improta Copyright (c) 2021 Andrea Capati, Marco Improta 2021-07-19 2021-07-19 16 1 1 22 How and why do Italian Party Leaders survive in office or come to an end? <p>The purpose of this article is twofold: to explore the dynamics of party leadership change in Italy, and to try to assess which (if any) characteristics of the leadership race (LR) to appoint (or re-appoint) the party leader, in combination with other conditions, could favour leadership re-selection in office at the end of the term, rather than a more or less forced early departure. To this end, we have taken into account about thirty LRs promoted by four Italian political parties over the last three decades, relying on a methodology which is new in this field of research: qualitative comparative analysis.</p> Giulia Vicentini Andrea Pritoni Copyright (c) 2021 Giulia Vicentini, Andrea Pritoni 2021-07-19 2021-07-19 16 1 23–39 23–39