Volume 7, June 2012

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All Volume 7 articles, however, are currently accessible in this page in a temporary .pdf format.

We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your interest in IPS older issues.

Political science in Italy after the last University reform
Italian Political Science, published on June 15, 2012.

In 2010 the Italian parliament approved the reform of the university system proposed by Maria Stella Gelmini, education minister of the fourth Berlusconi cabinet. This major reform affects primarily the governance system of universities by strengthening the powers of the rectors and of the administrative boards (Consiglio di amministrazione) responsible for university finances. It changes also significantly the whole structure of universities. While in the past the main peripheral units of Italian universities used to be the faculties, large and multidisciplinary bodies in charge of all teaching and recruitment matters, after the reform departments (which already existed but with a lesser role) become the predominant organizational and take over all the functions of faculties. Faculties or schools might survive but only as secondary bodies with functions delegated by the departments. […]

The Arab Spring: when democracy meets global protest*
Stefania Panebianco, published on June 15, 2012.

Not so many events attracted the scholarly debate and the attention of the wide public as the Arab Spring1 did in the last couple of years. The wave of popular protests that started in Tunisia in January 2011 and then spread all over the Arab world unsettled decades of stability of the Arab authoritarian regimes. Inevitably, many Political Science assumptions have been discussed, rediscovered, or challenged. In the short-term this revival of democracy studies has led to a flourishing of books, international seminars and conference panels. In the mid- to long-term the discipline will have to draw from these events to elaborate new paradigms. Some suggestions are here provided, aiming to open a focus of discussion that can profit of the on-line distribution of IPS. […]

Two Italian Political Scientists in the governing body of the European Consortium for Political Research
An interview to Simona Piattoni and Luca Verzichelli, published on June 15, 2012.

An interview of IPS to Professor Simona Piattoni (University of Trento), the new Chairperson of ECPR and to
Professor Luca Verzichelli (University of Siena) new Italian Member of the ECPR Executive Committee. […]

Europeanizing legislatures (and beyond)
Francesco Zucchini and Marco Giuliani, published on June 15, 2012.

This international research project is a follow up to a previous research involving a European network of scholars in the field of legislative studies. This network has just released its first collective product – an edited volume for Springer – and is now looking for new avenues of research complementing its past accomplishments. The Italian team is mainly based at the University of Milano Statale. […]

IntUne: the (sweet?) fruits of the tree. A short story of a research enterprise
Maurizio Cotta and Pierangelo Isernia, published on June 15, 2012.

Between April and July 2012 Oxford University Press has published the first four books of the IntUne series directed by Maurizio Cotta and Pierangelo Isernia: The Europe of Elite. A Study into the Europeanness of Europe’s Political and Economic Elites edited by Heinrich Best, Gyorgy Lengyel and Luca Verzichelli; The Europeanization of National Polities? Citizenship and Support in a Post-Enlargement Union edited by David Sanders, Paolo Bellucci, Gàbor Tòka and Mariano Torcal; European Identity. What the Media Say edited by Paul Bayley and Geoffrey Williams; and Citizens and the European Polity. Mass Attitudes Towards the European and National Polities edited by David Sanders, Pedro Magalhaes and Gabor Toka. These books encapsulate and elaborate some of the results of the IntUne research project. Two more books should follow in the near future, one edited by Bettina Westle and Paolo Segatti on European identity and one jointly written by Maurizio Cotta and Pierangelo Isernia attempting a synthesis of the main research results. […]

Italy viewed from the outside. How expert are experts?
Maurizio Cotta, published on June 15, 2012.

Is Italy in 2012 close to a revolution? is it on a downward spiral almost without hope? This is more or less what a distinguished specialist of Mediterranean countries holding a prestigious position in a top rank American University writes in a widely circulated newsletter. […]

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