Dear CONGRIPS member,
It is quite an honor for me to be, since January 1, 2018, President of CONGRIPS. It is also a pleasure to facilitate as much as possible the interaction among scholars interested in Italian politics from different perspectives – political science, sociology, history, and more.
Before I go any further, let me warmly thank Laura Polverari who, as past President, reinvigorated CONGRIPS and made so many improvements – too many to even start enumerating them: it would take too much space and time. Following the steps of previous great leaderships, and together with the previous Executive, Laura managed to enhance the visibility of CONGRIPS throughout the world – and the web. Together with Antonella Seddone and Stefano Rombi, Laura managed to revamp the website, increase interactions with national political science associations and mobilize growing interest towards our group.
More modestly, the work plan for 2018-2019 is aimed at building on such good work, i.e. further increasing the visibility of CONGRIPS, strengthening relationships with national associations and developing new venues for collaboration among scholars interested in Italian politics in a comparative perspective. I do hope that CONGRIPS will establish itself as one of the preferred intellectual homes of many scholars and that the website will become an increasingly important tool for communicating events and initiatives which could be of interest to all.
Hope to see you at the forthcoming APSA Annual Conference in Boston!
The 2018 Business Meeting of CONGRIPS will take place on Friday, Friday, August 31 at 6:30 – 7:30 pm.
Room: Boston University
All CONGRIPS members and affiliates are welcome to attend!!!
…See you in Boston 🙂
114th APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition – Boston, August 30 – September 2, 2018
The CONGRIPS 2018 APSA Panel has adopted the APSA Conference Theme Statement, ‘Democracy and its Discontents’ for the Italian case. Italian democracy has been undergoing significant economic, social and political challenges in the past twenty years and especially in the past decade following the eruption of the economic crisis of 2008. This has a brought a variety of challenges to existing political parties, actors and institutions, and the emergence of new political forces which are challenging the status quo and traditional politics. There appears to be a deep-seated and continuing dissatisfaction on the part of the public with Italian politics, the party system and broader political system, as reflected in rising support for anti-establishment parties and increasing skepticism towards the European Union and reforms proposed by the existing political class. Italian politics, in short, seems to have become characterized chiefly by its discontents. CONGRIPS welcomes paper proposals on any aspects of these discontents: on the origins, nature and the impact of social, economic and political ideas, movements, parties, policies which contest established practices, parties and politics in Italy. The aim is bringing together a set of papers which together convey the richness and complexity of the politics of discontent in Italy today, which itself is a reflection of broader trends in Europe and beyond. Applications should be submitted via the APSA process.
The CONGRIPS panel at APSA 2017 focuses on “Italian Politics after a Decade of Economic Recession”. It will take place on Saturday, September 2, 14:00 to 15:30 (Westin St. Francis, Hampton).
2017 will mark nearly a decade since the unleashing of the biggest economic crisis the western world has experienced since the 1930s. No country has been immune from this crisis, and Italy in particular has found itself, for lengthy periods, at the forefront of one important regional reflection of that worldwide recession, the Eurozone crisis. Unlike the previous decade, since 2008 the economic recession has provided not just an essential backdrop or context to the changes that have occurred in the Italian polity but the prime motivating factor. The economic downturn in 2008 brought to the fore – although not immediately – the deep-rooted structural problems in the Italian polity and exposed them in a dramatic manner, visibly placing a country which had long aspired to be seen alongside its more modern northern counterparts as clearly part of ‘southern’ Europe. The impact on Italian politics and the political economy, the challenges to the legitimacy of the established political parties and elites as well as the responses of those elites, has been nothing short of dramatic. Nearly a decade on, it is clear that the crisis has left a lasting impact on the Italian polity, despite the persistence of many features. This panel hosts papers by Italian specialists who analyse different aspects of the Italian polity (politics, policy, society, transition) in this decade of economic recession, assessing and explaining the degree of change that has been experienced, as well as future likely directions.
The panel will comprise four papers by: Adele Lebano (University of Edinburgh); Laura Polverari (University of Strathclyde); Manuela Caiani (SNS Florence) and Paolo R. Graziano (University of Padua); and Martin Bull (University of Salford). More details can be found here.
The Business Meeting will take place on Friday, 1 September, 18:30-19:30 (Hilton Union Square, Executive Conf. Ctr. Seacliff Room).
All welcome. The agenda will comprise: Membership, budget and Executive Committee update; 2018 Call for papers; Expansion of base, collaboration with other societies; IPSR news; Website and social media; New President’s statement; AOB.
2017 will mark nearly a decade since the unleashing of the biggest economic crisis the western world has experienced since the 1930s. No country has been immune from this crisis, and Italy in particular has found itself, for lengthy periods, at the forefront of one important regional reflection of that worldwide recession, the Eurozone crisis. Unlike the previous decade, since 2008 the economic recession has provided not just an essential backdrop or context to the changes that have occurred in the Italian polity but the prime motivating factor. Continue reading “CONGRIPS Panel at 2017 APSA Annual Conference – CALL FOR PAPERS: Italian Politics after a Decade of Economic Recession”
The Congrips Life Achievement award came to me, Visiting Professor at Chicago, as a totally unexpected, therefore, even more pleasant and exciting, surprise.
Thank you, dear Colleagues and Friends. I am very grateful.
I do not have to convince you that the study of Italian politics and society can be intellectually stimulating and highly rewarding, though , as citizen of a country that some of you wrongly believe is “normal”, I often feel irritated and annoyed. But I fight back, as you all know, challenging some interpretations, speaking the truth to the powerful as well as to the powerless, attempting, not so naively, to empower the latter, and, of course, also criticizing what many of you have been writing! Hopefully, I have always done so in a scholarly way, engaging in productive conversations, but never ostentatiously showing any kind of detachment. Continue reading “Life Achievement Award 2016: Professor Pasquino’s acceptance speech”
We are very pleased to announce that CONGRIPS’ Executive Committee and Liason Officers have selected Professor Gianfranco Pasquino as recipient of the 2016 CONGRIPS Life Achievement Award.
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Italian politics under Renzi and beyond: transformation or stagnation? is the topic of the CONGRIPS Panel at the 2016 APSA Annual Conference that will take place in Philadelphia on Thursday 1 September, 8:00 to 9:30 (room tbc).
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CONGRIPS is the Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society. CONGRIPS was formally initiated on September 2, 1975, at the American Political Science Association (APSA) convention in San Francisco, California. Norman Kogan of the University of Connecticut spearheaded the effort which, in the first year, garnered 117 members. The original purpose of the organization was to encourage and support academic research and writing on current and past Italian political issues and practices. That charter was expanded in 1986 to include Italian social issues, hence the name change that year to the Conference on Italian Politics & Society ( CONGRIPS ). During its first year, CONGRIP also adopted a Constitution and Bylaws .
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