Italian Political System

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
This course aims to provide knowledge about the Italian political system, from 1945 up to date, tracking its evolution over time. The course will combine aspects related to political science, history, constitutional law and analysis of public opinion, with a focus on the role played by political parties and other political actors. The course will also providing basic knowledge about the techniques to estimate the positions of political actors in the Italian case
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students will be able to understand the main features of the Italian political system. They will be able to debate around primary concerns and formulate scenarios. Finally, students will also learn how to analyze Italian politics taking advantage of existing empirical data and basic techniques that allow to estimate the positions of political actors in the Italian case
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second trimester
If the covid emergency persists, the course will be done online combining synchronous (Zoom or Microsoft Teams) and asynchronous lectures (that will be available on ARIEL); this will include third-party audiovisual multimedia contents.

The program and the required readings will remain the same.

The exam will consist in an oral examination (Skype) both for attending and non-attending students.

Further details will be provided on the website of the course ( and on ARIEL
Course syllabus
The course will cover the following themes:
The concept of political system
The Italian political system during the first republic
The changes related to the "second" and "third" republic
Elections and electoral systems
Party systems in Italy from 1945 to date
Party factions and party splits
Government and parliament
Referendums in Italy
The personalization of politics
Other political actors: the judiciary, mass media, trade unions, interest groups
Measuring the positions of political actors
Prerequisites for admission
Political science
Teaching methods
The lectures will employ a variety of teaching methods:
- frontal lessons to introduce the basics concepts;
- third-party audiovisual multimedia contents and informed discussion on these contents;
- group presentation based on academic papers suggested by the teacher.
Teaching Resources
The required readings will be made available on the website of the course ( and/or on ARIEL
Assessment methods and Criteria
Non-attending students: written test composed of multiple-choice & short open-ended questions (after the end of the covid emergency)

Attending students: class attendance and active participation + group presentation & discussion + written exam (open-ended & multiple-choice questions)
SPS/04 - POLITICAL SCIENCE - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Ceron Andrea
Educational website(s)
please contact me via email
skype / room 303