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The Birth of the Democratic Party

In Italy, the PD primaries were open to everyone and represented a decisive step in the creation of a new party through the merger of the Left Democrats (DS) and the Margherita-Democracy Is Liberty (Margherita). Such a merger is a risky and relatively rare undertaking in party systems that are characterized by division and fragmentation. The PD aims to rationalize the Italian political system by consolidating bipolarism or, according to some of its creators, by eventually establishing a two-party system that would not only enable Italy to be governable, as public opinion desires, but also provide a response to the profound sense of malaise about contemporary democracy. Finally, for the left, the PD is part of a specifically Italian logic in that it aims to consolidate moderate forces and thereby prevent the reconstitution of a powerful political center. But it also claims to serve as an example to the whole of the European left. Piero Fassino, the DS party secretary from 2001 to 2007, explains it as follows: "The old tripolar framework, with the right, left, and center all trying to defeat each other, no longer works." It is therefore important to retrace the gestation of this new, intriguing political party.

The Birth of the Democratic PartyMarc LazarIn Italy, the PD primaries were open to everyone and represented a decisive step in the creation of a new party through the merger of the Left Democrats (DS) and the Margherita-Democracy Is Liberty (Marg
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