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Democrazia e sfera pubblica in Italia


This paper explores the issue of the Italians’ relationship to democracy against the theoretical background of Jürgen Habermas’s notion of the modern public sphere. After introducing the basic tenets of Habermas’s theory of democracy as founded on public opinion, open to dialog and exercising reason, the paper examines the state of the Italian public sphere in the wake of the Berlusconi era. The paper summarizes several perspectives by prominent Italianists on the different aspects of the Italian public sphere and draws conclusions about the limits and potential of the Italians’ commitment to democracy.


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