Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 15 April 2021

Abstract and Keywords

Silvio Berlusconi and Romano Prodi were the two main leaders of left and right in Italy in the Italian Second Republic. Berlusconi reinvented the Italian right after the downfall of Christian Democracy and the Socialist Party in the corruption scandals known as tangentopoli. Romano Prodi achieved something similar on the center-left. Together, they helped consolidate the bipolar party system that defined that Republic. Their different backgrounds and histories epitomized the identity of these two new forces. Thus Prodi was a sober Catholic reformist and a technocrat; Berlusconi a controversial businessman and a marketing genius. As prime minister, each achieved solid government reforms, but neither jolted Italy out of the economic stagnation in which it was mired or proved to be the incisive reformist statesman that Italy needed.

Keywords: Silvio Berlusconi, Romani Prodi, bipolarity, Christian Democracy, Italian Socialist Party

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.