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The transformation of Italian communism /
Leonard Weinberg.
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New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, c1995.
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xv, 147 p.
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1560001801
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imprint
New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, c1995.
isbn
1560001801
catalogue key
713095
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-06:
Weinberg presents a detailed discussion of the transformation of the Italian Communist Party (PCI) into the non-Communist Democratic Party of the Left (PDS). His theoretical framework, based on the concept of linkage, addresses the impact of international developments on national party systems in Western democracies. This impact on postwar Italy accounts for a skepticism concerning the sincerity of parties' commitments to national goals and a blockage of the party system. The demise of the PCI is presented as a reaction to the disintegration of Communist regimes in Eastern Europe. The rise of the PDS and challenges to it are presented along with a discussion of changes in party organization, the dismantling of a mass party, and its replacement with new organizational forms borrowed principally from foreign models. The personal impact of this dramatic transformation for many PCI supporters was similar to the loss of a loved one, and for the Marxist intellectuals it meant that the value of liberty became dominant. Not only have international developments been important to the Italian political party system, but Weinberg concludes their role should expand as democracy becomes more prevalent worldwide. Upper-division undergraduate through faculty. S. Z. Koff; SUNY at Binghamton
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"Weinberg presents a detailed discussion of the transformation of the Italian Communist Party (PCI) into the non-Communist Democratic Party of the Left (PDS). His theoretical framework, based on the concept of linkage, addresses the impact of international developments on national party systems in Western democracies... Upper-division undergraduate through faculty." --S. Z. Koff, Choice
"Weinberg presents a detailed discussion of the transformation of the Italian Communist Party (PCI) into the non-Communist Democratic Party of the Left (PDS). His theoretical framework, based on the concept of linkage, addresses the impact of international developments on national party systems in Western democracies… Upper-division undergraduate through faculty." -S. Z. Koff, Choice
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The end of the cold war and the fall of the Soviet empire have had major consequences for Italian politics. Leonard Weinberg explores some of those consequences, focusing on the transformation of the Italian Communist party from a Leninist to a democratic party. He also discusses the relationship between the end of communism and the unfolding of the entire Italian system. The Transformation of Italian Communism has two objectives. First, it calls the reader's attention to the role of international developments, an important but largely overlooked area involved in the study of European party politics. Traditional texts in this area emphasize domestic factors, but Weinberg focuses on the influence of international developments on domestic party politics in Italy. The implications for other nations are transparent. The second objective of this work is to examine how Italy's Communist party, the largest such party of its kind in the Western world, reacted to the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. Weinberg analyzes the meaning of these events for long-tune party members in Italy'as well as for Italian political and cultural life. The Transformation of Italian Communism offers an original, intimate, and unique assessment of how the end of the cold war has affected Italian political culture. It will be a valuable addition to those interested in the convulsions taking place in modem Italy, as well as to political scientists and theorists of political culture.
Table of Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Impact of International Developments on Domestic Party Politicsp. 1
The Italian Party Systemp. 17
The Party Transformedp. 45
Change in Party Organizationp. 95
The Personal Impact of Party Changep. 113
Concluding Observationsp. 127
Bibliographyp. 137
Indexp. 145
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