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Reaction: Italian referendum and Matteo Renzi’s resignation

Alemanno, Alberto, Newell, James, Capussela, Andrea Lorenzo, Merler, Silvia, Piccoli, Lorenzo, Draege, Jonas Bergan, Martelli, Angelo, Morisi, Davide, Guida, Mattia, Dennison, James and Bordignon, Fabio (2016) Reaction: Italian referendum and Matteo Renzi’s resignation. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (05 Dec 2016). Website.

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Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, has announced he will resign following defeat in the country’s constitutional referendum. We asked a number of EUROPP contributors for their immediate thoughts on the result, Renzi’s resignation, and where Italy is heading next. Alberto Alemanno: “The vote has killed the dream of once in a generation change” James Newell: “The result was not simply another anti-establishment revolt” Andrea Lorenzo Capussela: “Rationality imposed itself, and in large numbers” Silvia Merler: “Italy is now headed for a complex and delicate period of political and economic uncertainty” Lorenzo Piccoli: “Renzi did not have much choice but to resign” Jonas Bergan Draege: “Both the M5S and Lega Nord could emerge strengthened from the No vote” Angelo Martelli: “The determinant factor of Renzi’s defeat has been the sluggish pace of the Italian recovery” Davide Morisi: “The correlation is clear: Renzi’s personalisation strategy has backfired” Mattia Guidi: “Listening to the will of the people will be a hard task: several questions have no answer at present” James Dennison: “This was no Brexit-Trump moment: The package of reforms was complex and broad enough for citizens of all stripes to find cause for concern” Fabio Bordignon: “Renzi’s 41% – ironically, the same result he had obtained at the 2014 European election – became the symbol of his defeat“

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