The evolution of party funding in Italy: a case of inclusive cartelisation?

Eugenio Pizzimenti
2016 Modern Italy  
The aim of this paper is to analyse the evolution of the Italian public funding regime, in the light of the assumptions of the cartel party thesis. In the mid-1990s, the debate on party and party system change was revitalised by R. Katz and P. Mair (1995), who introduced the concept of the 'cartel party' as a means to study the increasing influence of the state on party politics. Among the main analytical dimensions of the cartel party argument, the system-level variables have received little
more » ... e received little attention with respect to the Italian case. In what follows I try to find out empirical evidence for the hypothesised changes in the relationship between parties and the state and in the patterns of inter-party competition. I will analyse the trends of the law-making process in the domain of party funding (1948–2014), by combining these observations with data on parties' reliance on state funds and party collusive behaviour.
doi:10.1017/mit.2016.40 fatcat:mduspmoykjbn3jb6ikgaadis7m