Change everything without changing anything: promises and failures in Italian politics

The “Contract for the government of change” is the project for a government subscribed by the League of Matteo Salvini and the Five Stars Movement led by Luigi Di Maio. The current prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, has been selected by both politicians to serve as an executor of the contract. However, to reach the result Italy had to get through three tough months, in which politicians had to overcome veto positions, to compromise and to deal with alliances. Eventually, an admittedly populist government was formed, formally led by Conte but substantially directed by Di Maio and Salvini, in which the management of power requires a constant mediation between different parties, opinions and priorities.