Francesco Zucchini

Francesco Zucchini
University of Milan | UNIMI · Department of Social and Political Sciences

Ph.D In Political Science

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A landmark finding in recent research on electoral behaviour is that voters anticipate the postelection bargaining process among potential members of the governing coalition, and that these anticipated policy agreements inform their vote choice. In this article, this finding is qualified by arguing, and then showing empirically, that when the expec...
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Few democracies in the world have experienced so many transformations in the electoral and party systems as has Italy since the early 1990s. Therefore the study of the Italian case is an excellent opportunity to investigate if and how these changes impact on the government’s role in the decision-making process, on government formation and terminati...
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In 2017, an extensive reform of the Rules of Procedure of the Italian Senate was enacted. The revision was soon welcomed as a step towards a more efficient and rapid upper house. In this article, we focus on one crucial aspect of the reform: the changes made to the rules governing the assignment of bills to parliamentary committees. In particular,...
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In bicameral parliaments, upper chambers amend the bills that have been passed by lower chambers, and sometimes bills that are passed in one chamber never become law and just ‘die’ in the other. Why does one chamber fail or refuse to anticipate what the other will do? What can lead the political actors in one chamber to ‘waste’ their time and resou...
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The public’s distrust of the Italian parliament has spread like a pandemic over the past few years. According to the Eurobarometer data, in the last fifteen years the portion of the Italian population declaring a measure of trust in the country’s highest representative institution has never exceeded one third. Apparently, the Italian political syst...
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Ministers can have an incentive to adopt policies through secondary legislation that deviates from the general compromise reached via the primary legislation. We suggest that when secondary legislation is at stake, in some countries coalition partners can rely upon the ex-ante legal scrutiny of courts as an extra-cabinet control mechanism. We focus...
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The 2014 European elections were characterized in many countries by growing support for Eurosceptic parties. This growth was not uniform and not clearly associated with the economic performance of these member states. In this article, we investigate the role played in the 2014 European Parliament elections by a country-specific factor – the composi...
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If we examine the current literature, no study on policy agenda has so far addressed the agenda of a Constitutional Court in a country that has recently experienced crucial changes in its political system. The present contribution on the Italian Constitutional Court seeks to bridge this gap. We aim at assessing the role the Italian Court plays in t...
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Studies on female legislative behavior suggest that women parliamentarians may challenge party cohesion by allying across party lines. In this paper we analyze a specific parliamentary activity – bill co-sponsorship – in the Italian lower Chamber, between 1979 and 2016, as a source of information about MPs’ original preferences to study how gender...
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Most research on committees in multiparty legislatures in parliamentary democracies focuses on their role in solving intra-cabinet delegation problems. Using a straightforward spatial model, this article discusses how committees can also solve uncertainty problems that arise in settings characterised by unstable coalitions, weak governmental agenda...
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The role played by legislative committees in parliamentary democracies is directly related to some of their properties. In particular cohesion, namely similarity of committee members’ preferences, is the most important non-institutional feature that influences committee working. This non-institutional aspect, on its turn, is directly affected by...
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Most formal models of valence competition add a single, separable and unweighted component to the standard one-dimensional utility function of voters. This article presents the results of a conjoint analysis experiment in which respondents were asked to choose between two candidates whose profiles vary along five attributes. Four of these traits be...
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La difficoltà a promuovere il cambiamento delle politiche è il principale problema che affligge da molto tempo il sistema politico italiano. Questo libro indaga con gli strumenti della teoria spaziale della politica alcuni fattori che facilitano o ostacolano il mutamento legislativo e il ruolo degli attori politici ed istituzionali artefici del mut...
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Scholars interested in legislative processes pay relatively little attention to the changes made to bills in parliamentary democracies. On the one hand, comparative research has often described parliamentary institutions as ineffectualvis-à-viscabinets throughout the lawmaking process; on the other hand, for a long time the rational choice literatu...
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The Italian Law-Making Archive (ILMA) is a relational database that combines information on the legislation, legislative initiative, legislative processes, parliamentarians (MPs) and government members and policy positions of parties present in different legislatures and governments. It covers a period that extends from the beginning of the 10th le...
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If there is some truth in the old saying that “you don’t marry someone you can live with but rather the one that you cannot live without,” one should not be too surprised by the firm resolve of the Italians (both at the elite and mass levels) to tie their country’s destiny to a strong and stable European Union. For most of its early Republican hist...
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The large literature on legislative party unity identifies the confidence relationship, i.e. the threat of being voted out of office and losing agenda setting powers, as well as cabinet membership, as two crucial institutional sources of party discipline. However, by focusing on the dramatic change in the Italian political system following the 1994...
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Recent studies of the legislative process have put forward a number of plausible hypotheses regarding the distribution of agenda-setting power. These hypotheses have guided scholars in identifying those conflicts and actors that are crucial to explaining legis-lative change and the wording of legislation. However, this has not yet led to a better u...
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Literature has for quite long time identified at least two different sources of the party unity in the legislative arena. In a famous article Diermeier and Feddersen (1998) argue that it is the confidence relationship, i.e., the threat of being voted out of office and losing agenda setting powers, that makes parties more united in parliamentary tha...
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The theoretical efforts in the rational choice approach to explain the law-making process in United States Congress have been increasingly matched by attempts to test the relative explanatory powers of different theories (Cox and McCubbins 2005; Krehbiel et al. 2005). No such effort has so far been made by scholars of parliamentary democracy, and t...
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Italian governance has gone through a political and institutional upheaval in the last sixteen years. At present, Italian governments seem to play a stronger role in legislative agenda setting. First, this chapter aims to investigate the main changes that have occurred in the last decades, summarizing information about past and current methods used...
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Towards the end of the '80s, the President of the European Commission Jacques Delors predicted that in a decade most of the domestic legislation would be decided in Brussels. Apart from the necessity to interpret more or less rigidly this "prophecy", the famous Delors' statement has the merit to raise an interesting empirical question: what is the...
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Italian bicameralism is a constitutional feature that is quite often the object of criticism from both politicians and scholars. It is also a somewhat neglected topic within Italian political science. The main aim of the present article is to evaluate the level of congruence between the two chambers of the Italian parliament, using original data on...
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The articles included in this issue display a healthy scepticism towards any naïve parallelism between the changes in the party system, the electoral rules or political communication, and the changes that have taken place in the legislative process. The former are linked to the evolution of the legislative process in indirect, complicated ways whic...
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This paper considers the impact of the Constitutional Court on legislative output in Italy. Following Tsebelis’ ((2002) Veto Players: Foundations of Institutional Analysis. Princeton: Princeton University Press) veto players model and the stylised facts as regards the Italian Constitutional Court’s activity, this paper presents a multi-stage game i...
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In this paper, we consider the sentences of constitutional illegitimacy by the Italian Constitutional Court in the First Republic (1956--1992) as a measure of its independence from politicians. We focus on the Court's incidental review and test whether the Court's independence increases when there is more policy stability, namely when politicians a...
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This paper considers the impact of the Constitutional Court on legislative output in Italy.Following Tsebelis’ (2002) veto players model and the stylised facts as regards the Italian Constitutional Court’s activity, this paper presents a multi-stage game in the spirit of Gely andSpiller (1990). In the first stage, the legislative veto players,...
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John D. Huber, Rationalizing Parliament, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1996, pp. xii-216, £ 35, Isbn 0-521-56291-0 (hb). - Volume 28 Issue 2 - Francesco Zucchini
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Introduzione Pochi termini politologici hanno avuto altrettanto successo nella polemica politica italiana della parola consociativismo. Nonostante la sua origine specialistica, che non rimanda a nessuna nozione giuridica né ad alcuna dottrina politica o sociale, è difficile assistere ad un dibattito politico senza che qualcuno dei partecipanti non...
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Kenneth A. Shepsle e Carry R. Weingast (a cura di), Positive Theories of Congressional Institutions, Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press, 1995, pp. xiii-314. - Volume 27 Issue 2 - Francesco Zucchini
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Arturo M.L. Parisi e Hans M.A. Schadee (a cura di), Sulla soglia del cambiamento. Elettori e partiti alla fine della prima Repubblica, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1995, pp. 436. - Volume 27 Issue 1 - Francesco Zucchini
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Walter Santagata, Economia, elezioni, interessi, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1995, pp. 248. - Volume 26 Issue 2 - Francesco Zucchini
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Salvatore Vassallo, Il governo di partito in Italia (1943–1993), Bologna, Il Mulino, 1994, pp. 324. - Volume 26 Issue 1 - Francesco Zucchini
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Carlo Tullio Altan, Italia: una nazione senza religione civile. Le ragioni di una democrazia incompiuta, Udine, Istituto editoriale Veneto Friulano, 1995, pp. XXIV-81. - Volume 25 Issue 3 - Francesco Zucchini
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Dario Antiseri E Luciano Pellicani, L'individualismo metodologico. Una polemica sul mestiere dello scienziato sociale, Milano, Angeli, 1992, pp. 202. - Volume 24 Issue 2 - Francesco Zucchini
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Serge Moscovici e Willem Doise, Dissensi e Consensi. Una teoria generale delle decisioni collettive, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1992, pp. 304. - Volume 24 Issue 2 - Francesco Zucchini
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Gianfranco Pasquino (a cura di), Votare un solo candidato. Le conseguenze politiche della preferenza unica, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1993, pp. 360. - Volume 24 Issue 1 - Francesco Zucchini
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Raymond Boudon, L'idéologie. L'origine des idées reçues, Fayard, Parigi, 1986 (trad. it. L'ideologia. Origine dei pregiudizi, Einaudi, Torino, 1991, pp. 323, L. 30.000). - Volume 23 Issue 3 - Francesco Zucchini
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Models on valence competition, citizen-candidates and selection of politicians assume that voters trade policy with valence attributes when choosing a representative. We employ conjoint analysis to understand how voters actually make decisions when faced with multi-dimensional choices. Respondents are asked to choose between candidates that vary al...

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