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Old January 17, 2013, 10:11 PM   #11
Evan Thomas
Join Date: July 7, 2008
Location: Upper midwest
Posts: 5,561
Eh, well... Italians.

Post WWII, they set up a system that favored small parties -- so was guaranteed to fragment, fall apart: by the '70's there were 17 political parties , and a constant squabble of coalition governments. So they "fixed" it sometime around 1993-94... by which time they had a "tradition" of very short-lived governments. And around 900 or so members of parliament for a population of about 60 million.... And they will go on electing Berlusconi.. Not a poster child, but not typical, either.
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