Populist Parties in Power
Italian & Swiss Success Stories
Routledge – 2012 – 208 pages
Series: Extremism and Democracy
This book examines recent experiences of populists in government in Italy and Switzerland where three very significant populist parties - Forza Italia/Popolo della Libertà and the Lega Nord in Italy; the Schweizerische Volkspartei in Switzerland - have served in government for most of the current decade without, apparently, softening their rhetoric, moderating their policies or suffering significant vote losses.
Summary of Events: Italy 2008-11, Summary of Events: Switzerland 2003-2007, Chapter 1 Introduction: The Italian and Swiss exceptions? Chapter 2 Forza Italia and the Popolo della Libertà, Chapter 3. The Lega Nord, Chapter 4 The SVP, Chapter 5 Policies, Chapter 6 Electoral Performance, Chapter 7 Members and representatives - reactions to government participation, Chapter 8 Conclusions: Still the exceptions or a new rule?
Daniele Albertazzi is a Senior Lecturer in European Media at the Department of Italian Studies, University of Birmingham, where he leads the Culture, Society and Communication programmes.
Duncan McDonnell is a research fellow at the Department of Italian Studies, University of Birmingham, and the Department of Political Studies in the University of Turin.