From its 2012 beginnings as a marginal radical right splinter group, in the 2022 general election 'Fratelli d'Italia' (Brothers of Italy, FdI) was the most voted party and its leader, Giorgia Meloni, became the first Italian female Prime minister. While both leader and party can be classified as belonging to the populist radical right family, we argue that FdI must be understood also as a 'rooted newcomer', i.e. a party that can count on pre-existing organisational resources, building its appeal also on symbolic elements already familiar to the electorate when the party was formed. Focusing on the supply side, we tackle some of the main open questions related to the party's ambivalent nature, often fluctuating between a post-fascist profile and a frequently reiterated support for other European radical right illiberal leaders and more moderate positions. We identify the politics of illiberalism as the key challenge the party faces in its transition from opposition to government.

Yet Another Populist Party? Understanding the Rise of Brothers of Italy / Baldini, Gianfranco; Tronconi, Filippo; Angelucci, Davide. - In: SOUTH EUROPEAN SOCIETY & POLITICS. - ISSN 1360-8746. - STAMPA. - 27:3(2022), pp. 385-405. [10.1080/13608746.2022.2159625]

Yet Another Populist Party? Understanding the Rise of Brothers of Italy

Baldini, Gianfranco
;
Tronconi, Filippo;
2022

Abstract

From its 2012 beginnings as a marginal radical right splinter group, in the 2022 general election 'Fratelli d'Italia' (Brothers of Italy, FdI) was the most voted party and its leader, Giorgia Meloni, became the first Italian female Prime minister. While both leader and party can be classified as belonging to the populist radical right family, we argue that FdI must be understood also as a 'rooted newcomer', i.e. a party that can count on pre-existing organisational resources, building its appeal also on symbolic elements already familiar to the electorate when the party was formed. Focusing on the supply side, we tackle some of the main open questions related to the party's ambivalent nature, often fluctuating between a post-fascist profile and a frequently reiterated support for other European radical right illiberal leaders and more moderate positions. We identify the politics of illiberalism as the key challenge the party faces in its transition from opposition to government.
2022
Yet Another Populist Party? Understanding the Rise of Brothers of Italy / Baldini, Gianfranco; Tronconi, Filippo; Angelucci, Davide. - In: SOUTH EUROPEAN SOCIETY & POLITICS. - ISSN 1360-8746. - STAMPA. - 27:3(2022), pp. 385-405. [10.1080/13608746.2022.2159625]
Baldini, Gianfranco; Tronconi, Filippo; Angelucci, Davide
File in questo prodotto:
File Dimensione Formato  
Figura 1 Baldini et al.xlsx

accesso aperto

Descrizione: Materiale supplementare
Tipo: File Supplementare
Licenza: Licenza per Accesso Aperto. Creative Commons Attribuzione - Non commerciale (CCBYNC)
Dimensione 30.56 kB
Formato Microsoft Excel XML
30.56 kB Microsoft Excel XML Visualizza/Apri
Yet Another Populist Party.pdf

Open Access dal 01/04/2024

Descrizione: Articolo in rivista
Tipo: Postprint
Licenza: Licenza per Accesso Aperto. Creative Commons Attribuzione - Non commerciale (CCBYNC)
Dimensione 222.83 kB
Formato Adobe PDF
222.83 kB Adobe PDF Visualizza/Apri

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/11585/938874
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 17
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 11
social impact