But the point is that Italy did not have a transition from a corrupt democracy to a modern institutionalized democracy.
It could not end the "partitocrazia" (power of the parties, instead of the people), nor substitute it with a workable party system (the electoral laws passed by parliament are quite circonvoluted).
This led the way to the New Corruptors, Berlusconi in first place.
I agree about Berlusconi as figurehead of the New Corruptors, for sure. In many ways I think he turned the clock back, rehabilitating many of the old system's bad things (restauration). And in some ways he is more dangerous than Andreotti ever was, because he added this caudillo element - the supreme leader thing, who should simply be obeyed. In the old system, the PM would create untransparent coalitions to prop up his system's power, but perhaps that was preferable over this cult of no-nonsense authoritarian leadership thats developing now.
Funny that you mention partitocrazia, because in a way, to continue this line of thing, he represents a post-party politics. Forza Italia is no party. It would be nothing without Berlusconi, it doesnt represent a "family" in society. Its a machine to further Berlusconi's political career. So in a way his success does mean the end of partitocrazia, and not in a good way. His is a personalised populism, unlinked from the "burden" of party culture ...
Walter Hinteler wrote:
Silbio Berlusconi as another European politican of similar attitude as Jörg Haider, Jean-Marie Le Pen and Pim Fortyun.
Hmmm .... I thought that position - the equal of Haider and Le Pen - was for Fini, possibly Bossi ...
Haider and Le Pen derived their support from an anti-immigrant and anti-semitic platform (subliminally appealing to WW2 loyalties) - and they grew big attacking the system from the right flank. Kinda like Fini and Bossi.
Berlusconi isnt out for anything as modest as attacking the system from outside right - he wants to be
the system, to replace it, to head it. He has no specific truck with xenophobia - will capitalise on it when applicable, fersure, but nothing to do with the near-onedimensional platforms of Le Pen and Haider. So I dunno. If you're looking for a parallel, a mix of the old Chirac and Fortuyn would approach it a lot better, I think.