Tag: Italy

The Aftermath of the Constitutional Referendum in Italy: Stability for the Conte Executive, Lega on the decline & Fratelli d’Italia on the rise?

In their latest CARR Insights article, Dr Valerio Alfonso Bruno, Dr James F. Downes and Alessio Scopelliti argue that despite the recent constitutional referendum result in favour of reducing the number of MPs in the Italian Parliament, electoral volatility is likely to continue in Italian politics – with no clear political victory emerging for M5S,… Continue reading “The Aftermath of the Constitutional Referendum in Italy: Stability for the Conte Executive, Lega on the decline & Fratelli d’Italia on the rise?”

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

ABOUT THIS EPISODE   https://media.fireside.fm/file/fireside-audio/podcasts/audio/b/b51815b6-ee73-481c-b930-95e2903f3e96/episodes/8/82e24e1f-5d2b-4886-ae25-7e13636e0afb/82e24e1f-5d2b-4886-ae25-7e13636e0afb.mp3 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… Continue reading “Right Rising Podcast (Season One, Episode Four): Populism in Italy A Deep Dive”

Authoritarian Populism, Emancipatory Populism: The Italian Constitutional Referendum

The crisis of democracy is rising across Western countries because liberal societies have failed to deliver democracy’s most important pillars that it promised: legitimacy, representation, and sovereignty. Recent literature states that the rise of populism is one of the symptoms of this crisis. In this post, I reflect how populism impacts democracy. To accomplish this,… Continue reading “Authoritarian Populism, Emancipatory Populism: The Italian Constitutional Referendum”

Ideological Ambiguity, Issue Blurring & Party Dissent: The Electoral Decline of the Populist Italian Five Star Movement

James F. Downes and Nicola Palma argue that Italian Five Star Movement’s (M5S) future as a governing party is uncertain. Drawing on data from the Chapel Hill Expert Survey (2014, 2017 and 2019 waves), they argue that M5S’s recent electoral decline post–2018 can be explained by a combination of factors, namely: (a) M5S’s ‘ideologically ambiguous’… Continue reading “Ideological Ambiguity, Issue Blurring & Party Dissent: The Electoral Decline of the Populist Italian Five Star Movement”

“The Black Carlos”: The story of Italian right-wing terrorist Stefano Delle Chiaie (Part IV: Delle Chiaie’s Revival)

The arrest and subsequent trials in the late 1980s/early 1990s did not change Stefano Delle Chiaie’s worldview. As soon as he was acquitted, he once again tried to assume a leadership position within Italy’s far-right. Thereby, he at first seemed to benefit from the decline and ultimate collapse of the Italian political system at the… Continue reading ““The Black Carlos”: The story of Italian right-wing terrorist Stefano Delle Chiaie (Part IV: Delle Chiaie’s Revival)”

“The Black Carlos”: The story of Italian right-wing terrorist Stefano Delle Chiaie (Part III: The Autumn of the “Black Carlos”)

The Man Hunt While Stefano Delle Chiaie was busy in South America, Italy’s law enforcement apparatus—particularly after the reform of the Italian secret service in 1977—intensified attempts to find and arrest the presumed mastermind behind the global right-wing terrorist network. However, despite the information they received and several national and international arrest warrants for the… Continue reading ““The Black Carlos”: The story of Italian right-wing terrorist Stefano Delle Chiaie (Part III: The Autumn of the “Black Carlos”)”

After COVID-19: will Matteo Salvini lead Europe’s radical right?

Salvini’s showcasing of religious devotion and rhetoric about the pandemic are part of a political strategy aimed at taking over the reigns of power. Unlike the Rassemblement National (RN), formerly Front National, in France, the radical populist right in Italy has largely managed to hold on to its electorate. In early April, Matteo Salvini’s Lega still polled a bit… Continue reading “After COVID-19: will Matteo Salvini lead Europe’s radical right?”

How the European Union Lost Italy to the Radical Right

Polls show that the COVID-19 crisis, and particularly the EU’s more than hesitant response to it, has soured Italians’ views of the European Union. In no country in Europe has COVID-19 claimed more victims than in Italy. Similarly, nowhere in Europe has the radical populist right benefitted more from the pandemic than in Italy. At… Continue reading “How the European Union Lost Italy to the Radical Right”