Italian Populists Use Social Welfare to Ignite a “War Between the Poor”

October 07, 2019

Since Matteo Salvini took over the leadership of the Northern League party (rebranded as the League before last year’s elections) in late 2013, the focus of his harsh political campaigns shifted from southern Italians — the so-called “Terroni,” or people of the countryside — to...

The Transformation of the Northern League

August 21, 2018

The trajectory of Italy's Northern League party is a case study of the complex ways in which perceptions of regional, national and ethnic identity operates in the contemporary politics of the radical right. If you visited Venice in the spring of 2006 during the Italian elections, you could see...

Why We Should Worry about Italy’s Coalition Talks

May 22, 2018

The two parties that are about to form the next Italian government are driven by a profoundly anti-democratic culture. Everywhere from Paris to London, Brussels to Lisbon, people want an opinion about Italian politics. This is not something new. Being Italian, you get used to this kind of...