The 2018 South Tyrolean Election and the Consociational System of Democracy: Stability Amidst Change?


This article explores the impact of the 2018 South Tyrolean election on the autonomous province’s consociational system of democracy. Implemented to tame centrifugal tendencies between the territory’s language groups (German, Italian and Ladin), this system has since the 1990s been losing its inclusive capacity. While the Italian-speaking electorate has increasingly been underrepresented in the main decision-making processes, the German-speaking intra-ethnic electoral arena experienced the rise of secessionist parties. The article shows that, despite major changes affecting party politics in South Tyrol, the outcome of the 2018 election contributed to restore stability to the consociational system.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Politics, History and International Relations
Additional Information: © 2020 Brill
Uncontrolled Keywords: Consociationalism,Ethnic politics,Regional elections,South tyrol,Territorial politics,Cultural Studies,Geography, Planning and Development,Anthropology,Sociology and Political Science,Law
Publication ISSN: 1570-7865
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2024 07:12
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2020 12:23
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2020-02-17
Accepted Date: 2020-01-01
Authors: Scantamburlo, Matthias (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-9658-616X)



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