The 2020 regional elections in Italy: sub-national politics in the year of the pandemic


This article focuses on eight regional elections held in Italy in 2020, the year of the Coronavirus pandemic. It looks at both the January and September rounds. Even though these two sets of elections took place, respectively, at the end and at the beginning of two distinctive ‘phases’, separated by the Covid-19 outbreak, they share some important characteristics. The discussion starts from a short overview of the events leading to the polling days, looking in particular at pre-election coalition building, the electoral campaigns and the positioning of key leaders. It then moves onto the analysis of the election results. It considers changes in political participation, support for the major parties, the strengthening of local and non-partisan lists, volatility and shifts in political representation. The overall pattern is one of increasing territorial complexity and fragmentation: regional elections now clearly follow a logic of their own, dominated more by local leaders than by national parties.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Politics, History and International Relations
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Aston Centre for Europe
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Covid-19,Italy,party politics,regional elections,sub-national politics,Sociology and Political Science,Political Science and International Relations
Publication ISSN: 2324-8831
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2024 07:09
Date Deposited: 04 May 2021 09:21
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2021
Published Online Date: 2021-04-15
Accepted Date: 2021-04-01
Authors: Vampa, Davide (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-5983-5422)

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