For decades, questions about whether Italy can be deemed a paese normale (normal country) have concerned policymakers and analysts. The issue goes beyond every nation’s inherent tendency to think of – and actively (re)produce – itself as a unicum. The yearning for a way to finally be regarded as “normal” has been kept alive by a nagging concern about being left behind on the path towards progress that fellow European and non-European countries have seemed to walk down with comparative ease (Samuels 2003). At the same time, based on their analytical perspective and the specific aspect under scrutiny, a number of observers have come to different conclusions about whether Italy should or should not be regarded as a normal country (Andrews 2005; Newell 2010; Valbruzzi 2013). Finding traits of (ab)normality does not entail that the country has always been in every respect normal or otherwise – and neither that its status cannot more or less suddenly change, as appears to be the case with Italy over the last few years. In fact, we will identify a number of distinctive historical circumstances and structural features that have made Italy a noteworthy case as far as relationships between security and democracy are concerned.

Zotti, A., Parsi, V., PATTERNS OF UNCERTAINTY Security practices and quality of democracy in Italy, in Leonard Weinberg, E. F. E. A. (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Democracy and Security, ROUTLEDGE, 2 PARK SQ, MILTON PARK, ABINGDON OX14 4RN, OXFORD, ENGLAND 2021: 109- 140. 10.4324/9781315755724 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/205518]

PATTERNS OF UNCERTAINTY Security practices and quality of democracy in Italy

Zotti, A
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Parsi, Ve
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2021

Abstract

For decades, questions about whether Italy can be deemed a paese normale (normal country) have concerned policymakers and analysts. The issue goes beyond every nation’s inherent tendency to think of – and actively (re)produce – itself as a unicum. The yearning for a way to finally be regarded as “normal” has been kept alive by a nagging concern about being left behind on the path towards progress that fellow European and non-European countries have seemed to walk down with comparative ease (Samuels 2003). At the same time, based on their analytical perspective and the specific aspect under scrutiny, a number of observers have come to different conclusions about whether Italy should or should not be regarded as a normal country (Andrews 2005; Newell 2010; Valbruzzi 2013). Finding traits of (ab)normality does not entail that the country has always been in every respect normal or otherwise – and neither that its status cannot more or less suddenly change, as appears to be the case with Italy over the last few years. In fact, we will identify a number of distinctive historical circumstances and structural features that have made Italy a noteworthy case as far as relationships between security and democracy are concerned.
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Routledge Handbook of Democracy and Security
9781138799981
ROUTLEDGE
Zotti, A., Parsi, V., PATTERNS OF UNCERTAINTY Security practices and quality of democracy in Italy, in Leonard Weinberg, E. F. E. A. (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Democracy and Security, ROUTLEDGE, 2 PARK SQ, MILTON PARK, ABINGDON OX14 4RN, OXFORD, ENGLAND 2021: 109- 140. 10.4324/9781315755724 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/205518]
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