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Come votiamo (e perchè): Le leggi…

Come votiamo (e perchè): Le leggi elettorali in Italia da Cavour a oggi… (edition 2018)

by Andrea Levico (Author)

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Title:Come votiamo (e perchè): Le leggi elettorali in Italia da Cavour a oggi (Italian Edition)
Authors:Andrea Levico (Author)
Info:Araba Fenice (2018), Edition: 1, 170 pages
Collections:Italy and Europe, NextPolitics, Reviewed, Previewed_quickread

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Come votiamo (e perchè): Le leggi elettorali in Italia da Cavour a oggi (Italian Edition) by Andrea Levico

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Three stars only because the author shares "pointers".

The author states that he worked on the book since 1993 (published in 2018), and it is probably true, as here and there you can "feel" the depth of the knowledge and research of the author.

Unfortunately, it seems as if 25 years of preparation left the author exhausted and happy to share more his view than what helped to define that view.

A short book that isn't what I expected, albeit few tables here and there make you think at what the book could have been, if both publisher and author had found a reason (and market) to release not a 160 pages book, but a 600-800 pages book such as one I found years ago as a "discarded library book on sale as second hand" in Paris at a Gilbert shop nearby the Sorbonne, a book dissecting the US elections as the author of this book hints that he did, but then did not publish.

So, the book leaves you feeling that this is a quick closing of a long journey, but leaving outside most of the material needed.

Unfortunately, it can be understood: as usually in Italy books discussing the Italian electoral system are long on comments and "fatwa", and short on reasoned argument.

Hence, probably a "deeper" book would have had no market (and, frankly, I too found this book in a library, not a bookshop).

Still, if you then have background knowledge of what the author refers to, and can skim through way too many extensive tirades with plenty of scribbling in bold without getting easily annoyed, useful collection of pointers worth thinking where you, the reader, consider yourself to be sympathetic or against, and why.

And, in a country where reforming the electoral system is a continuous routine at least since I started looking into it as a teenager in the late 1970s, using your brain is often more useful than following the (political) tide. ( )
  aleph123 | Dec 8, 2019 |
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