Italy’s next government will mark the country’s 70th since the end of World War II, averaging a new one every thirteen months. So, what is it about the Italian political system that makes changing defenders so frequent?
In July 2022, Mario Draghi resigned as prime minister of Italy, following a vote of confidence from his coalition partners. His departure has plunged the country into political turmoil, and a snap general election has been scheduled for this month.
Italy’s next government will mark the country’s 70th since the end of World War II, averaging a new one every thirteen months. This is much more frequent than the five-year election cycle the country is supposed to have.
The political instability of the European nation was caused by several factors, but at its core was Italy’s unique, mixed political system.
Andrea Ruggeri, an expert on Italian politics and international relations at the University of Oxford, said: “This system is important to represent different ideologies, different interests, different geographies. Italy is a very diverse country.”
“But democracy also needs policies and effective policies,” she said. “So one of the risks that Italy has faced in the last few years is that it’s constantly not being able to come up with policies.”
So, what is it about the Italian political system that makes changing defenders so frequent? Watch the video above to learn how it works.