Martin Bull

Martin J. Bull is Professor of Politics at the University of Salford and former Director of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR). He obtained his doctorate at the European University Institute, Florence (1987) and was Head of Department, Head of School, Associate Dean Research and Deputy Chair of Senate at the University of Salford. He is a specialist of Italian and comparative politics.

Queue for temperature testing

How Coronavirus Became a Political Problem

The Italian government’s decision to expand its lockdown from two small areas of the north to encompass the entire country is a sign of its increasing desperation to control the spread of novel coronavirus. The number of positive cases by the evening of March 9 stood at at least 7,000 with more than 400 people having lost their lives. This has even been described as Italy’s “darkest hour” by Giuseppe Conte, the country’s prime minister.

3 years ago