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Italy: A Country of Many Populisms

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Twenty-First Century Populism

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According to some observers, populism found its ‘richest testing ground’, its ‘paradise’ in Italy in the late 1990s (Zanatta, 2002: 286). As Guy Hermet wrote, Italy ‘has transformed itself into the site par excellence of populism’s triumph over the classical parties’ (Hermet, 2001: 396). During the five years of the centre-right Berlusconi administration (2001–2006), composed of Forza Italia (FI), Alleanza Nazionale (AN), the Unione dei Democratici Cristiani e di Centro (UDC) and the Lega Nord (LN), the press has often stressed the populist character of the government and its policies.

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© 2008 Marco Tarchi

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Tarchi, M. (2008). Italy: A Country of Many Populisms. In: Albertazzi, D., McDonnell, D. (eds) Twenty-First Century Populism. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230592100_6

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