Quaderno n. 73 / Vol. 73 Issue 1


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Le elezioni comunali del 2014 a Livorno: l'inattesa vittoria del Movimento Cinque Stelle nella roccaforte del centrosinistra / 2014 Municipal Election in Livorno: The Unexpected Victory of the Five Star Movement in a Centre-Left Stronghold - Maurizio Ribechini (Univ. Pisa)

The local elections that were held in spring 2014 led to the renewal of the Municipal Councils and Mayors of over 4,000 Italian cities. The electoral results were hardly predictable by the political analysts. This is particularly true in the case of the Tuscan town of Livorno, where for the first time in history, the centre-left coalition had lost the political leadership of the city, after having governed for almost seventy years after the end of the World War II. In Livorno the mayoral candidate of the Democratic Party has been defeated after the second round by the candidate of the Five Star Movement. This article tries to shed lights on the reasons behind this political change. More specifically, the article looks at the electoral results of 2014, 2009 and 2004; moreover, it is based on interviews to politicians and observers. Finally, the article tries to provide some conclusive remarks. 

La campagna elettorale per le elezioni comunali di Venezia del 24 marzo 1946 / The Electoral Campaign for the Venice's Municipal Elections of 24th March 1946 - Riccardo Ravegnani (Univ. Padua)

The paper analyses the forms of communication used and managed in the city of Venice just before the 1946 municipal election. The development started in the 70s and 80s in the sector of information has irrevocably changed the communication of politics. As a result of these changes, politics has left behind many of the traditional elements of the twentieth century. The article tries to retrace an historic pre-television moment in which the original public stage – understood as a physical space of aggregation – was not only alive but, perhaps, was at its peak. The first free elections after World War II, a symbol of struggle for freedom, were the dress rehearsal of the effectivity of the electoral democracy. For this reason the municipal elections of 1946 have had a central role in the Italian history, especially for what happened before the vote: namely the first free electoral campaign.

La paritá di genere "assistita". La legge 215/2012 e la legge Delrio alla prova delle elezioni comunali del 2014 / "Assisted" Gender Equality. Law n. 2015/2012 and Law Delrio to the test of 2014 Municipal Election - Paola Papetti (Univ. Milan)

Over the past few years, a conspicuous number of countries has begun coping with the issue of gender inequality trying to delineate possible solutions. Concerns have been raised by the scarce share – and in many case lack – of women active in the legislative assemblies at different levels of government and in the decisional contexts where the fundamental and the most influential decisions spilling over the different life areas of a country are normally taken. Italy has been characterized by an underlining situation of backwardness in the last years, keeping still while the rest of the world was issuing laws to sustain a gender balance in the political scene. The approval of the 2015/2012 law was the turning point. This law transferred on the municipal level some of the mechanisms protecting the gender balance already in place at the regional level, in particular the double gender preference and the minimum gender threshold needed to form the electoral rolls. Starting with the adoption of this law, the Italian legislator showed the will of introducing at all governing levels instruments aimed at guaranteeing fair and equal opportunities of accessing the local political institutions for both men and women. This paper aims at demonstrating the positive impact unfolded by the 215/2012 law and the first article, paragraph 137 of the so-called Delrio's law on the equilibrium of gender of candidates, elected and appointed people during the municipal elections of May 2014. The research upon which the article is based has been conducted on a sample of 25 cities analysing and comparing the electoral results of the 2014 with the results of the previous elections (when no instruments of gender quality were applied).

Le elezioni nel mondo / Elections in the World - Silvia Bolgherini (Univ. Naples Federico II)


  • Belgio/ Belgium
  • Lituania /Lithuania 
  • Serbia
  • Slavomacedonia / Macedonia
  • Slovacchia /Slovakia
  • Ucraina / Ukraine
  • Ungheria / Hungary


  • Egitto / Egypt
  • Sud Africa / South Africa

Americhe / Americas

  • Colombia
  • Costarica
  • El Salvador
  • Panama


  • India
  • Indonesia

Assemblee sovranazionali / Supranational Assemblies

  • Parlamento Europeo / European Parliament

Le elezioni in Italia / Elections in Italy - Matteo Cataldi, Vincenzo Emanuele, Nicola Maggini (CISE)

  • 2014 regional election 
  • 2014 administrative election

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