Giuseppe Martinico

This issue of Perspectives on Federalism presents a special symposium devoted to the elections of the European Parliament. The EU has frequently been described as a burden, a threat to national sovereignty or a technocratic subject provided with an indirect legitimacy, but this representation does not give justice to its important role in everyday life. Indeed, the EU is also an added value, thanks to EU law we have enjoyed new rights which we can now claim before national judges. In t [...]

Davide Orsitto

Nowadays, the European Integration process is challenged by a rise in anti-establishment parties proposing policies reactionary to globalization. Italy, one of Europe’s founding nations and largest economies, leads this change with the Five Star – Lega Nord coalition government. The change in voting behavior urges a serious reflection on the social unease causing it. The prevailing view argues that the effects of welfare state reforms on labor market conditions has been a leading cause of the rise of populism. To operationalize this claim, Esping-Andersen’s decommodification index is use [...]
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