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The 2001 Italian expatriate vote: Was it worth it?

A view from the Africa-Asia-Oceania-Antarctica college

Bruno Mascitelli, Rory Steele and Simone Battiston

This book examines the implementation and consequences of the Italian expatriate vote and representation introduced in 2001 in the external electoral colleges with special attention to the Electoral College known as Africa-Asia-Oceania-Antarctica. The Italian elections of 2006, 2008 and 2013 were important moments where the expatriate vote was expressed providing results which Italian lawmakers may have not anticipated. Moreover, the electoral expressions of the external colleges were not always in accord with Italians ones. This study examines how the stakeholders in the Africa-Asia-Oceania-Antarctica college understood and perceived this voting and representation facility after its implementation. What they thought in 2001 and what they think now. The study seeks the views of focus groups across numerous cities in Australia, interviews the protagonists and provides critical commentary on the future of this «right» and whether all this effort «was worth it» in providing Italians abroad with external voting and representation in elections and referendums.

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Acknowledgements ................................................................................ vii List of Abbreviations ................................................................................ ix List of Tables ............................................................................................ xi Preface by Franca Arena ....................................................................... xiii 1. Introduction: Migration, Homeland and Host Land Engagement ........................................................................................ 1 1.1. Terminology and scope of the study ......................................... 4 1.2. Expatriate engagement and voting ........................................... 7 1.3. New models of citizenship and voting rights ......................... 13 1.4. Conclusion ............................................................................... 22 2. Enfranchising Citizens Abroad ........................................................ 25 2.1. Expatriate voting and representation: current trends .............. 27 2.2. French and Portuguese voters abroad ..................................... 32 2.3. Italian voters abroad ................................................................ 35 2.4. Greek voters abroad ................................................................. 37 2.5. Conclusion ............................................................................... 41 3. Italian Expatriate Voting: The Australian Experience .................... 43 3.1. Setting the scene: the 2006, 2008 and 2013 elections ............ 44 3.2. The 2006, 2008 and 2013 elections in AAOA and Australia ............................................................................ 52 3.3. Electoral fraud and voting scandals ........................................ 63 3.4. The case of Di Girolamo ......................................................... 69 3.5. Conclusion ............................................................................... 70 4. Views from the Focus Groups: Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne ................................................................................ 71 4.1. Background to the study and methodology ............................ 72 vi 4.2. Analysis and discussion of the findings .................................. 74 4.3. The focus group questions ....................................................... 76 4.4. Conclusion .............................................................................. 92 5. An interview with MP Marco Fedi .................................................. 93 5.1. Questions and answers ........................................................... 94 5.2. Conclusion ............................................................................ 107 6. Interviews with Former Candidates Joe Caputo, Luigi Casagrande, Joe Cossari, and Teresa Todaro Restifa ................... 109 6.1. Questions and answers ......................................................... 110 6.2. Conclusion ............................................................................ 123 7. Conclusion ...................................................................................... 125 Appendices............................................................................................. 133 1. Letters by Franca Arena to Corriere della Sera and replies .............................................................................. 133 2. Unpublished letter by Franca Arena to PM Kevin Rudd ..... 143 Bibliography .......................................................................................... 145 Index....................................................................................................... 153

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