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Ideology and Policy Positions

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This chapter explores the ideology and key policy positions of Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d’Italia, FdI). It starts by introducing the four key ideological dimensions of nativism, authoritarianism, populism and sovereignism. It then includes a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the party’s manifestos, looking at how positions have evolved over time—in particular, programmatic shifts are assessed on issues such as immigration, law and order, the economy (trade and globalisation), welfare, individual rights, institutional reforms and European integration. The postscript compares FdI to the main populist radical right parties in France, Spain and Germany.

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Notes

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    The FdI manifestos considered here are: 2013 “Le sfide per l’Italia” (https://www.fratelli-italia.it/le-sfide-per-l-italia-9-gennaio-pomeriggio/); 2014 “In Europa a testa alta” (https://www.fratelli-italia.it/programma-europa/); 2018 “Il voto che unisce l’Italia” (https://www.flipsnack.com/fratelliditalia/programma-in-sintesi.html); 2019 “Porogramma elezioni europee” (https://www.fratelli-italia.it/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Programma-completo-1.pdf); 2022 “Pronti a risollevare l’Italia” (https://www.fratelli-italia.it/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Brochure_programma_FdI_qr_def.pdf).

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    All passages directly quoted from the manifestos are translated by the author.

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Vampa, D. (2023). Ideology and Policy Positions. In: Brothers of Italy. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-26132-9_2

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