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Renzi’s Leadership between Party and Government

Abstract : This chapter discusses Renzi’s leadership with regard to his party and the government. The main argument is that Renzi was able to use his party to support the government through his double role of secretary (of the party) and prime minister (of the government). However, the support of the party for the government’s actions has been regularly contested by an internal left-wing faction and has been weakened by the disaggregation and political autonomy of the local and regional party organizations. The chapter describes and analyzes the divisions within the national party, the difficulty of controlling local and regional organizations and leaders, and the parliamentary achievements of the government, which came about due primarily to the popularity of the prime minister. The personal leadership of Renzi has been a resource for promoting governmental reforms, but a leadership unsupported by a party will have difficulty facing future political and policy challenges.
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Sergio Fabbrini, Marc Lazar. Renzi’s Leadership between Party and Government. Italian Politics, 2016, 31 (1), pp.40 - 58. ⟨10.3167/ip.2016.310104⟩. ⟨hal-03399766⟩



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