Right Rising Podcast (Season One, Episode Four): Populism in Italy A Deep Dive


Host: Dr James Downes
Guest: Dr Valerio Bruno


Guest: Alessio Scopelliti

This episode features the inaugural episode from the CARR Populism Research Unit. Guests Dr. Valerio Alfonso Bruno and Alessio Scopelliti join Right Rising to give us an overview of what populism means in Italian politics – as both an ideology and how it plays out in party politics.

Along with host Dr. James F. Downes (Head of The Populism Research Unit, CARR) Valerio and Alessio shed further light on the electoral volatility and instability of Italian politics. Both guests then address the uniqueness of Italian populism, alongside the impact of COVID-19 and the significance of the recent Italian constitutional referendum. Both guests also step outside of Italian politics and answer the burning question – on the likely outcome of the upcoming 2020 U.S. Presidential Election.

For more information relating to the CARR Populism Research Unit (PRU), please check out the PRU Website: https://www.radicalrightanalysis.com/carr-populism-research-unit-pru/.


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