The irresistible rise and precipitous fall of Bettino Craxi

Author/s Piero Craveri
Publishing Year 2021 Issue 2021/48 Language Italian
Pages 39 P. 209-247 File size 214 KB
DOI 10.3280/XXI2021-048010
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The fi rst part of this essay (the second will be published in the next issue of «Ventunesimo Secolo») intends to demonstrate that Craxi was the last statesman, after Aldo Moro and Ugo La Malfa, to be aware of the political-institutional roots of the Italian crisis, trying to give it a solution. He was, in fact, the promoter of a transition of the Italian political system, that started at the end of the 1970s and which by no means ended with the collapse of the "fi rst" Republic, with profound characteristics of socio-economic crisis. A transition that he was unable to achieve, just when he had given a signifi cant testimony of his political abilities, remaining for almost four years head of the Government, with a quite favourable reception from public opinion.

Keywords: Craxi Government, Italian Politics, Italian Socialist Party, Italy in the long 1980s.

Piero Craveri, L’irresistibile ascesa e la precipitosa caduta di Bettino Craxi (Parte I) in "VENTUNESIMO SECOLO" 48/2021, pp 209-247, DOI: 10.3280/XXI2021-048010