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The distortion of public financing is a prototypical characteristic of the Italian party system. In this work, we (1) review the complex legal framework that regulated and regulates the public resources destinated to Italian political parties and (2) analyse the discrepancies between the amount of resources obtained and utilised. First, we found that throughout the considered period, the Italian legislator progressively increased the public resources devoted to the financing of politics. Second, we demonstrated that electoral campaign reimbursements are sensibly higher of what Italian parties spend during the campaign. Thirdly, we showed that - contrary of what has been marketed by Italian legislators - public financing is still in place and Italian parties receive public resources in form of indirect contributions.
in Il Finanziamento Alla Politica in Italia, ser. Biblioteca di testi e studi (1189), D. R. Piccio, Ed., Carocci, 2018

In many European countries, the success of populist formations is transforming the party system and the traditional electoral competition structure. Italy is no exception. Since the 2013 Italian general election, scholars have wondered wether the electoral successes of the Five Star Movement (FSM) marked the end of the so-called Italian Second Republic. This paper analyses the electoral performance and the transformation of the Five Star Movement on both local and national levels. First, I will briefly overview the characteristics of the FSM in relation to the main conceptual dimensions of populism. Secondly, I will examine the electoral history of the FSM from its foundation till the 2017 administrative elections round. Thirdly, I will focus on the territorial strengthening at the local level and on the geographical consolidation of the FSM electoral support. Lastly, I will briefly overview the socio-demographic profile of its voters and the evolution of its electorate.
in Quaderni di Scienza Politica, vol. Il Movimento Cinque Stelle: Prospettive di Ricerca a Confronto, no. 3, M. Almagisti and P. R. Graziano, Eds., Dec. 2017, 2017

The Italian regional elections of 2015 have made clear the changes that are occurring in the Italian political and party system. Our research aims to explain how the leader-oriented voting has changed over time and space and how the presidenzialization-personalization of regional politics influences the voting behaviour and the electoral output. First, we describe the cross-regional differentiation in regional electoral systems and we will briefly describe the political background of the Veneto region. Second, we will describe our hypotheses focusing on the region of Veneto. Specifically, we believe that right-wing politicians are more likely to personalise their campaign and thus to have a higher personalization index. We test this our hypothesis using analysing the 2015 electoral data and the political offer and of the structure of the electoral race.
in Cambiamento o Assestamento? Le Elezioni Amministrative Del 2016, Istituto Carlo Cattaneo, 2016, pp. 9–22, 2016