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Mon, February 04, 2019

18:00 – 19:30

Villa La Pietra
via Bolognese, 120
50139 Firenze, Italia

A dialogue with Alessandro Chiaramonte, University of Florence and NYU Florence, and Roberto D’Alimonte, Luiss Guido Carli Rome and NYU Florence.

A crucial general election was held in Italy less than one year ago. The outcome of the election was a hung parliament, with no party or coalition of parties winning the majority of seats on its own. The most remarkable result was the unprecedented success of the two populist parties, the Five Star Movement (M5S) and the League, at the expense of the two mainstream parties, the Democratic Party and Forza Italia. After three months of complex negotiations, an M5S-League government was formed. While the new dividing line in Europe that sets eurosceptic, anti-immigrant and anti-globalization parties against europhile, pro-multiculturalism, and pro-globalization parties seems to be gaining momentum, so far Italy is the only country in Western Europe where the populists stand in office unopposed. This may have consequences for the future of the Italian political and party systems as well as for the relationship between Italy and the EU.

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Alessandro Chiaramonte


Alessandro Chiaramonte is full Professor of Political Science at the University of Florence, where he also received his doctorate. He is co-founder of the Italian Center of Electoral Studies at the University of Florence and LUISS-Guido Carli University in Rome. He is a member of the executive board of the Italian Political Science Society. He has been a Research Fellow in Modern Italian Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science and visiting scholar at the Department of Political Science at the University of California San Diego. He currently teaches Italian Politics and Elections and Electoral Systems at the University of Florence and Italian Politics at New York University Florence. He has published books and articles on elections, electoral systems, and party systems. His research interests focus on the functioning and effects of various types of electoral systems, especially mixed majoritarian-proportional systems, on the comparative change of parties and party systems, and on the long-lasting electoral transition of the Italian party and political systems, analyzed from both a national and a regional perspective.

Roberto D'Alimonte


Roberto D’Alimonte teaches at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome since 2010. Previously, he was a Professor of Political Science at the University of Florence. D’Alimonte has been a Ford Foundation Fellow at Yale University and an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow at Harvard University and has taught as a visiting professor in the political science departments at Yale and Stanford. He has been a lecturer at NYU Florence since 1995. Well-known as a political journalist, D’Alimonte covers Italian politics for Il Sole 24 Ore, Italy’s major financial newspaper, and is often sought out by The New York Times and the Financial Times, along with a number of European TV, newspapers and magazines, for commentary on current Italian and European politics.