Patterns of Uncertainty: Security and Quality of Democracy in Italy

Antonio Zotti*, Vittorio Emanuele Parsi*

*Corresponding author

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The chapter reviews the characteristics of the relationship pointing out distinctive structural aspects, but also considering whether recent developments – such as the those resulting from the mentioned major political realignment in Italy’s regime, but also in the international context – can be identified as an effect of the crisis that the country has been marred with over the last decade on its democratic quality. The aim is to access whether and under what conditions Italy – from the specific perspective of the security/democracy connection – is to be considered, alternatively, a “backward” country, a political and institutional laboratory of future trends, an anomaly compared to other European democracies or, finally, a specific variation of common trends already characterizing other European democracies
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Democracy and Security
EditorsLeonard Weinberg, Elizabeth Francis
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Democracy, security, Italy


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