Silvio Berlusconi

A study in failure

By James L. Newell

Silvio Berlusconi


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7597-1
  • Pages: 248
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: October 2018
  • BIC Category: Politics, Political leaders & leadership, European history, Biography: historical, political & military, Society & social sciences / Political parties, Society & social sciences / Political corruption, Political Leaders & Leadership, Italy, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / General, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties, HISTORY / Europe / Italy, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political, Society & social sciences / Media studies, Biography & True Stories / Biography: historical, political & military


This book is about one of the most remarkable European politicians of recent decades, Silvio Berlusconi, and about his contribution to the dramatic changes that have overtaken Italian politics since the early 1990s. From the vantage point of 2017, would Italian political history of the past twenty-five years look substantially different had Berlusconi not had the high-profile role in it that he did? Asking the question makes it possible to contribute to a broader debate of recent years concerning the significance of leaders in post-Cold War democratic politics. Having considered Berlusconi's legacy in the areas of political culture, voting and party politics, public policy and the quality of Italian democracy, the book concludes by considering the international significance of the Berlusconi phenomenon in relation to the recent election of Donald Trump, with whom Berlusconi is often compared.


Introduction: a remarkable politician?
Part I: Emergence
1 From childhood, through business career to political debut, 1936-93
2 Berlusconi's political message
Part II: Berlusconi the politician
3 Forza Italia and national politics, 1994-2001
4 Berlusconi the party leader
Part III: Berlusconi the Prime Minister
5 Berlusconi in office, 2001-11
6 Berlusconi's relations with the political class
Part IV: Berlusconi's legacy
7 Berlusconi and cultural change in Italy
8 Berlusconi's electoral impact
9 Berlusconi as head of government
10 Berlusconi's legacy for the quality of Italian democracy
Conclusion: the Berlusconi story and Donald Trump


James L. Newell is a former Professor of Politics and author of Corruption in contemporary politics: A new travel guide (Manchester University Press, 2018)

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