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Salience: Putting Decentralization on the Agenda: The Role of Political Parties

  • Linda Basile
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Part of the Comparative Territorial Politics book series (COMPTPOL)

Abstract

This chapter deals with the uneven path of decentralist reforms in Italy by focusing on the first component of party strategy—namely the manipulation of salience. Through an agenda-setting approach, the analysis shows that it is only when most of the actors within a political system have simultaneously emphasized decentralization that the issue will rise to the top of the party system agenda (PSA) and policy change becomes likely.

The second part of the chapter examines the importance of the dynamics of party competition in influencing the PSA. In particular, empirical data support the widely believed argument that leftist and autonomist parties have played key roles in bringing attention to decentralist reforms.

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  • Linda Basile
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  1. 1.University of SienaSienaItaly

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