Populism is not a new phenomenon in Italy. In the early 1990s, strong mobilisation against the political elite followed a series of corruption scandals (tangentopoli), which led to the collapse of the established party system. However, between the late 1990s and early 2000s a process of normalisation and stabilisation of party dynamics occurred. The Great Recession triggered a new phase of political instability that opened new opportunities for movements and parties adopting not only a populist ‘style’ but also a (thin) populist ‘ideology’, which focuses on the struggle of ‘the people’ against ‘the elite’.
|Publication status||Published - 8 Feb 2018|