Italy: Populist in the mirror, (de)politicizing the COVID-19 from government and opposition

Bertero, Arturo and Seddone, Antonella (2021) Italy: Populist in the mirror, (de)politicizing the COVID-19 from government and opposition. In: Populism and the Politicization of the COVID-19 Crisis in Europe. Palgrave Macmillan, https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030660109. ISBN 978-3-030-66011-6, DOI:10.1007/978-3-030-66011-6

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the Italian case, and it addresses two different populist parties – 5 Star Movement and League – that played different roles during the pandemic crisis. Whilst the League was in opposition, the M5S was serving in government. As a consequence the two populist parties developed very diverse communication strategy for handling the crisis. The League struggled to adapt its traditional populist claims to the pandemic emergency, while the M5S in line with other mainstream parties addressed the crisis by emphasising the institutional role played. In general, the COVID-19 outbreak defused the relevance of some populist issues among citizens and within political debate. Specifically, the League was not able to set the agenda or to claim the ownership on any of the issues under discussion, by contrast the M5S had the chance to manage the crisis and preserving its relevance within the political scenario

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Title in English: Italy: Populist in the mirror, (de)politicizing the COVID-19 from government and opposition
Additional information: The book " Populism and the Politicization of the COVID-19 Crisis in Europe" provides a first overview of how populist parties responded to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis in Europe. Although populism would normally benefit from crisis situations (e.g., political representation or economic crises), the peculiar nature of this health crisis does not make the benefit obvious. For it to be exploited, a crisis must be politicized. While populists have tried to take advantage of the crisis situation, the impossibility of taking ownership of the COVID-19 issue has made the crisis hard to be exploited. In particular, populists in power have tried to depoliticize the pandemic, whereas radical right-populists in opposition tried to politicize the crisis, though failing to gain the relevant public support. This book considers populist parties in eight European democracies, providing a framework of analysis for their responses to the COVID-19 crisis. It does so by engaging with the literature on crisis and populism from a theoretical perspective and through the lens of the politicization process. This book consist of 10 chapters. Next chapters are coming soon.
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Institute for Political Science
Research funder: European Union, Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Action DEMOS grant no. 822590
Depositing User: Enikő Meiszterics
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2021 09:19
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2021 14:39
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