Italy As A Springboard For Populism

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


This paper explores how different expressions of populism (the Lega’s ethno-regional populism, Berlusconi’s tele-populism, and the web-populism displayed by the Five Stars Movement, M5S) took shape in Italy. The analysis traces back from the early 1990s, when the Tangentopoli scandal was a watershed between two distinct party systems (Prima vs. Seconda Repubblica) to the current context marked by the so-called “sovereigntist” alliance Lega-M5S. While both continuities and differences are taken into consideration, the common long-term traits of Italian populism are here emphasized, such as hostility to intermediations as well as to checks and balances, and deterritorialization
Period17 Jun 201919 Jun 2019
Event titleInternational Conference of CEEISA & ISA: “International Relations in the Age of Anxiety”
Event typeConference
LocationBelgrade, Serbia
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Italy
  • Populism
  • Extreme right
  • Northern Ligue
  • Five Star Movement
  • Silvio Berlusconi