POPULISM IN 🇮🇹 The Lega Nord is now officially a hibernated party. The Federal Council (the Supreme Body of the party) unanoumisly voted for the complete "commisariamento" (put under external administration) of all the bodies and branches of the Lega Nord (LN) . THREAD (1)
Over the last few years many sub-national branches were "commissariate" by the Federal (state-wide) party. Through the appointment of federal commissioners directly loyal to Salvini, the goals were: (2)
1) protecting the new ideological course of the party from possible opposition in the North; 2) party building in the South; 3) preparing the progressive "pouring" of the old LN structures and activists in the new "Italian" party Lega per Salvini Premier (LSP) (3)
POPULISM IN 🇮🇹. So, it seems that #DiMaio is about to resign from his role as leader of the 'valence populist' Five Star Movement (#M5S). In this thread I explain why the M5S, differently from other populist parties, imploded while in office. (1)
What is a valence populist party? Not all populist actors are 'left' or 'right'. Some of them predominately, if not exclusively, compete by focusing on non-positional issues such as the fight against corruption, increased transparency, democratic reform and moral integrity.(2)
Valence populist parties may adopt specific positions (e.g. basic income in the case of the M5S), but their primary and prevailing competitive emphasis is placed on their competence and performance to achieve goals that are widely shared by voters (i.e. valence issues). (3)
#LEGA#SALVINI Today the Lega Nord held its 13th Federal Congress and adopted a new statute. In this thread I explain why and how the Lega Nord (the “bad company”) and the Lega per Salvini Premier (“the good company”) will co-exist in the future.
Similarly to banks and businesses the Lega Nord is the ‘bad company’, given that it has the responsibility to the return to the Italian state €49 million fined for electoral reimbursements fraud. This debt will be repaid in 75 years. (2/18)
On the other hand, the Lega per Salvini Premier is the ‘good company’, and will be politically and financially free from the judicial burden. (3/18) repubblica.it/politica/2019/… (1/18)
1. Hello there. Here it is a very preliminary comparison between the performance of right-wing populist parties (of different sub-types, populist radical right, neo-liberal populists and else) in 2019 and 2014, by yours truly.
2. In aggregate terms, the variation in the support right-wing populists between 2019 and 2014 considerably vary: