Wed 11.05.08| Berlusconi's Power

Paul Ginsborg, Silvio Berlusconi: Television, Power and Patrimony Verso, 2004

Paul Ginsborg, Democracy Profile, 2008

A wealthy media magnate named Sylvio Berlusconi was first elected prime minister of Italy in 1994. What have his three stints as Italy's leader meant for democracy and dissent? Paul Ginsborg contends that Berlusconi's use of the media, of clientelism, and of notions of negative freedom has stymied meaningful popular political participation.
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