Italy's Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century: The New Assertiveness of an Aspiring Middle Power

Italy's Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century: The New Assertiveness of an Aspiring Middle Power

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Italy's Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century: The New Assertiveness of an Aspiring Middle Power, edited by Giampiero Giacomello and Bertjan Verbeek, shows how changes in Italy's international and domestic environment since the early 1990s have affected Italy's foreign policy and raised its aspiration to become, and be treated as, a middle power. The contributors theoretically engage with both rationalist and constructivist accounts of middle power behavior. They reveal that the end of the Cold War, the advent of globalization, and the increase in institutionalized regional cooperation have increased Italy's freedom to maneuver (by reducing its dependence on the United States) while simultaneously causing Italy's policy freedom to decrease as a result of delegation of policy competencies to the EU and the need for cooperation in a globalized world.
Domestic changes, notably the transition from the First to the Second Republic and the transformation of political leadership in Italy under Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, have altered the specific way domestic politics is played out in foreign policy. Rather than adopting the more common focus on Italy's bilateral relations with other counties or regions, Italy's Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century centers on actors, issues, and policy instruments in vital areas of Italy's foreign. In addition, it discusses the search for Italy's position in global affairs and emphasizes the importance of leadership styles, domestic political agendas, and party rhetoric in determining Italy's foreign policy. As Giacomello and Verbeek's volume demonstrates, being consistent with such strategic prescription has always been a problematic undertaking for various Italian governments.

Book information

ISBN: 9780739148686
Publisher: Lexington Books
Imprint: Lexington Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 327.45
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 233
Weight: 538g
Height: 233mm
Width: 164mm
Spine width: 24mm