The Berlusconi Era

  • Giovanni Navarria


This chapter mainly focuses on the media Tycoon Silvio Berlusconi and his influence on Italy during the 1990s and 2000s. The chapter argues that the rise of the networked citizen and the Five Star Movement in Italy cannot be fully explained unless we understand the Berlusconi’s era, its roots, its characteristic modus operandi and its long-term consequences on Italian politics. The chapter pays particular attention on how the mainstream media helped Berlusconi hold a firm clout on Italian politics and made his government much less responsive to the demands of civil society. Consequently, civil society actors were forced to find new ways to operate and manifest their dissent. The Internet provided the ideal space for this new course of action.


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  • Giovanni Navarria
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  1. 1.University of ExeterExeterUnited Kingdom

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