Department of Media and Communications public lecture
Date: Tuesday 19 January 2010
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Paolo Mancini
Chair: Professor Terhi Rantanen
Mostly outside Italy, there is a widespread common sense about Berlusconi and his political adventure: he has been able to enter successfully the political arena because of his television empire and because of his unclear links with illegal groups and business. This interpretation is undoubtedly true but it is also a limited one as it is not able to point out all the novelties that Berlusconi may represent. Indeed, the paper argues that the political adventure of the Italian tycoon may be interpreted as a signal of the end of the forms of politics that featured the last two centuries in Europe and that was constructed on the role of the mass parties and their ideological nature. This is not just an Italian phenomenon as many other European leaders underline striking similarities with the Italian Prime Minister. In particular three main features of the new forms of politics that these leaders represent are discussed: 1) commodification of politics; 2) life style politics; 3) televised politics. Examples from other political leaders and theoretical frameworks are provided
Paolo Mancini is Professor at the Dipartimento Istituzioni e Societ, Facolt di Scienze Politiche, Universit di Perugia. Mancini's interests focus on the relationship between news media and politics observed in a comparative dimension.
This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7955 6043.
Media queries: please contact the Press Office if you would like to reserve a press seat or have a media query about this event, email email@example.com
Haiti collection - at all LSE public events over the next few weeks a collection will be taken which will be donated to the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) who are coordinating the appeal for aid in the disaster-hit country. All LSE public events are free, and we are asking that those who attend these events give what they can afford, to help those affected by the devastation caused by this natural disaster. Should you wish to contribute directly, donations to the appeal can be made by calling 0370 60 60 900, or by visiting www.dec.org.uk.
A copy of Professor Paolo Mancini's slides are now available to download. Download 'Beyond the "Berlusconi Common Sense". A New Model of Politics for the 21st Century' (pdf)
A podcast of this event is available to download from the LSE Public Lectures and Events: podcasts and videos channel.
Twitter and Facebook
You can get immediate notification on the availability of an event podcast by following LSE public lectures and events on Twitter, which will also inform you about the posting of transcripts and videos, the announcement of new events and other important event updates. Event updates and other information about what's happening at LSE can be found on the LSE's Facebook page.
If you are planning to attend this event and would like details on how to get here and what time to arrive, as well as on accessibility and special requirements, please refer to LSE Events FAQ. LSE aims to ensure that people have equal access to these public events, but please contact the events organiser as far as possible in advance if you have any access requirements so that arrangements, where possible, can be made. If the event is ticketed, please ensure you get in touch in advance of the ticket release date. Access Guides to all our venues can be viewed online.