#Elezioni2018 – You need allies, not votes, to win elections in Italy

By | 12th November 2017

The latest electoral contest in Sicily has been widely considered in Italy as a resounding defeat for the Democratic Party, a success for the centre-right forces and, after all, a good result for the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, which, anyway, did not succeed in winning its first regional election. If we look at some numbers… Read More »

Modern Greece, or the struggle for modernity

By | 8th October 2017

Stathis N. Kalyvas, Modern Greece. What Everyone Needs to Know, Oxford University Press, 2015 I bought Modern Greece. What Everyone Needs to Know not much time after its publication. I was curious about modern Greek history, which I did not know much about, as Greece used to be mentioned frequently in newspapers headlines during that… Read More »

#Elezioni2018 – A potential anti-EU coalition in Italy?

By | 17th August 2017

In the current year, many have feared (or hoped for) the rise of anti-EU, anti-establishment or simply radical parties or candidates (which, more than occasionally, turned out to be radical right parties) in countries such as France or the Netherlands. According to some commentators, this would have led, in the long run, to the disgregation… Read More »

La parziale illusione dell’ingegneria istituzionale

By | 3rd June 2017

Le ultime novità che vengono dalla politica italiana riguardano l’accordo raggiunto dalle tre principali forze politiche (Partito Democratico, Movimento 5 Stelle e Forza Italia) rispetto a una nuova legge elettorale ispirata a quella in vigore in Germania ma, in realtà, differente in numerosi e sostanziali dettagli. Le probabilità che questa venga approvata appaiono alte, ma… Read More »

Daniele Giglioli, Critica della vittima, 2014

By | 17th April 2017

Daniele Giglioli, Critica della vittima. Un esperimento con l’etica, Nottetempo, 2014. “Perché lo dico io”: così si intitola uno dei paragrafi di Critica della vittima, un breve volumetto di Daniele Giglioli, docente di Letterature Comparate, pubblicato da Nottetempo nel 2014. E’ un frase che esemplifica sia l’atteggiamento dell’intellettuale escluso o che si presenta come tale,… Read More »

Anatomia di un istante, ovvero della fatica del cambiamento politico

By | 3rd March 2017

Javier Cercas, Anatomia di un istante, Guanda, Parma, 2012 (ed. originale: Anatomía de un instante, 2009). A un certo punto, ed erroneamente, si potrebbe essere superficialmente portati a pensare che questo libro sia il racconto del coinvolgimento collettivo in una delle più longeve dittature di estrema destra dello scorso secolo, quella franchista in Spagna, e delle… Read More »

On Italy’s constitutional reform (and why it should be supported)

By | 2nd December 2016

Yesterday EUROPP, the London School of Economics blog on European politics and policy, has published my opinion about the next Italian referendum. I tried to explain why criticism is exaggerated and the reasons for which, instead, the proposed reform should be backed.

Is Black Mirror already happening?

By | 26th October 2016

A couple of days ago I have finished watching the third season of Black Mirror on Netflix. I must say that it was pretty good, but, perhaps not as good (and, sometimes, frightening) as the previous seasons. However, as I already experienced with the episodes produced by Channel 4, I sometimes got the sense that what… Read More »

Sul referendum costituzionale di dicembre: questione di approcci

By | 18th October 2016

Due o tre appunti di metodo, più che di merito, sul referendum costituzionale del 4 dicembre e sulla campagna che lo sta precedendo. Alcuni degli istituti di sondaggi che nelle ultime settimane si sono occupati di rilevare le intenzioni di voto e le relative motivazioni sono concordi nell’indicare l’avversione al governo Renzi come ragione principale, o… Read More »