Italy and the Idea of Europe

Telo Mario

Mario Telò focuses on the intellectual impetus for the rise of a large domestic consensus in favour of a federal European Union achieved in Italy during the First Republic (1947- 1992), particularly in the 1989 referendum, and addresses the role of intellectuals in explaining the continuities and discontinuities found in ideas about Europe between the First and Second Republic (1992-2008). The main argument is that the current normalisation of a pro-European intellectual presence in Italy maintains national particularities which cannot be explained without what the French historian Fernand Braudel called a longue durée approach. To this end, Telò demonstrates how seminal figures such as Altiero Spinelli and Alcide De Gasperi, and Catholic intellectuals more generally, laid the foundations for contemporary Italian narratives on Europe. He argues that these are now moving towards bipartisan convergences on EU Treaty ratification and a decline of the classical Euro-federalist approach that are moving Italy closer to a mainstream stance of pro-Europeanism.

Type Book part
Identificateur urn:isbn:9780199594627
Language en
  • Europe as an Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
  • Europe as an Area of Economic and Social Regulation
  • Europe as a Community of Norms and Values
  • Europe in the World
  • Généralités
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication date 2011-01
  • SCOPUS: ch.b
  • 1989 referendum
  • Alcide De Gasperi
  • Altiero Spinelli
  • Catholic intellectuals
  • Continuity
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