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Italian Politics from Draghi [2012] to Draghi [2020]


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Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs 

Center for European Studies presents

Italian Politics from Draghi [2012] to Draghi [2020]

With Mario Draghi, Italy has a freshly unelected Prime Minister. Previously, economists such as Carlo Azeglio Ciampi (1993), Lamberto Dini (1995) and Mario Monti (2011) were asked to lead the government. Three out of these four economists came from the Bank of Italy. They had to carry out unpopular measures: cutting government expenditure and raising taxes to square the devastated public budget. Draghi is luckier: he has 210 Billion Euros from the EU Recovery Fund to spend.

How come the Italian Parliament, elected in 2018 with populist political parties acquiring the majority of the seats, appointed a technocrat? What are the policies that Draghi is expected to implement? Will Italy continue to be managed by unelected statesmen?

Daniele Archibugi

Research Director at the Italian National Research Council (CNR-IRPPS)

Professor of Innovation, Governance and Public Policy at Birkbeck, University of London 

Daniele Archibugi is a Research Director at the Italian National Research Council (CNR-IRPPS) in Rome, and Professor of Innovation, Governance and Public Policy at the University of London, Birkbeck College. He works on the economics and policy of science, technology and innovation and on the political theory of international relations. He has worked at the Universities of Sussex, Cambridge, London School of Economics, Harvard and Rome LUISS and gave courses at the SWEFE University of Chengdu and at the Ritsumeikan University of Kyoto. In the field of international political theory, with David Held he has advocated a cosmopolitan democracy (co-editing Cosmopolitan Democracy. An Agenda for a New World Order, Polity Press, 1995; and Re-imagining Political Community. Studies in Cosmopolitan Democracy, Polity, 1998; and authoring The Global Commonwealth of Citizens, Princeton UP, 2008). He has also worked on a greater involvement of transnational citizens to counter-balance the power of governments in world politics (editing Debating Cosmopolitics, Verso, 2003). His latest books are a critical assessment of international criminal justice (with Alice Pease, Crime and Global Justice. The Dynamics of International Punishment, Polity, 2018) and a plea to shape the European citizenship strategy (with Ali Emre Benli, Claiming Citizenship Rights in Europe. Emerging Challenges and Political Agents, Routledge, 2017).

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