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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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Index AIRE (Anagrafe degli Italiani Residenti all’Estero), 121, 136 AAOA (Africa-Asia-Oceania- Antarctica), vii, viii, xv, 44, 52-63, 66, 70-1, 84, 93, 109, 124 Alleanza Nazionale (National Alliance), 50 Amato, Giuliano, 128 Arena, Franca, vii, 133-144 Berlusconi, Silvio, 19, 21-2, 44-6, 48- 51, 58, 63, 66-7, 69, 74-5, 77-82, 90, 95-6, 101, 104, 115, 118-9, 125-6 Canada, 1, 28-9, 138 Caputo, Joe, viii, 55, 59, 109-123 Casagrande, Luigi, viii, 56-9, 61, 63-4, 109-123 CGIE (Consiglio Generale degli Italiani all’Estero), xv, 77, 100, 113, 120-21 Citizenship, 4-5, 9-10, 12-17, 20-22, 26, 32, 35-6, 41, 71, 85, 95, 112-113, 123 COMITES (Comitato Italiano all’Estero), xv, 39, 77, 100, 113, 121 Corriere della Sera, vii, xiii, 65-7, 133- 142 Cossari, Joe, viii, 56, 58-9, 61, 109-123 Croatia, 28-30 Di Girolamo, Nicola, 69 Electoral fraud, xiv, 44-5, 63-5, 68-70, 102, 117-119 Fedi, Marco, viii, 6, 54-59, 61-2, 65-6, 68, 83-5, 88, 93-107, 110, 112, 114, 127, 129-131 Forza Italia (Go Italy), 48-50, 67 France, 1, 3, 9, 25, 27-9, 33 Giacobbe, Francesco, 54, 56, 62, 93 Greece, 4, 25, 27, 38-40 Howard, John, 15 Hugo, Graeme, 27, 31 Il Globo, 57, 62, 104, 114 Ireland, 1, 4, 10, 16, 28 Ius sanguinis, 4, 14 Ius soli, 4, 14 Karamanlis, Kostas, 38-9 La Repubblica, 64-66 Letta, Enrico, 52, 129 Mastella, Clemente, 50 Mexico, 3, 11, 28, 30 Migration (immigration, emigration), xiv, 1-4, 7-9, 12-22, 26, 40, 88, 121, 129, 143 Montanelli, Indro, vii, 133, 135 Monti, Mario, 51, 62, 89, 93, 96, 104, 128, 140, 142...

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