Populist Parties in Power
Italian & Swiss Success Stories
To Be Published November 1st 2013 by Routledge – 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.
1. Introduction: The Italian and Swiss exceptions? 2. Approaching populism in Italy and Switzerland 3. The different shades of populism PART II: ACTIONS 4. Ideology 5. Policies 6. Communications 7. Relationships PART III: REACTIONS 8. Leadership and party cohesion 9. Electoral results: who wins and who loses 10. Grassroots and activist reactions PART IV 11. 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.