Italian Christian Democracy

Italian Christian Democracy : The Politics of Dominance

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The Italian Christian Democratic Party is seen to be the most successful political party in any Western democracy. It has been the plurality party in all postwar parliamentary elections and has been in power in an uninterrupted manner since 1945. In attempting to examine the party's impact on Italy's postwar political system and society, this book presents an analysis of its birth and ideological foundations, electorate, organization and membership, its ties to the Catholic world, leadership cadre, factions, internal debates, multi-faceted power and political alliances. Robert Leonardi has also written "Il Caso Basilicata" (co-author), "Italian Politics, A Review" (co-editor) and "La Pianta E Le Radici" (co-author).
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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 148 x 222mm | 480g
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • bibliography, notes, index
  • 0333421949
  • 9780333421949

Table of contents

The Christian democratic enigma; the political foundations of Christian democracy 1943-45; Christian democracy in power 1945-88; DC factions, leadership group, and internal rules; the party organization - membership and candidate selection; the DC electorate; Christian democracy and the Catholic world; the control of governmental power.
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