Italy: The Faded Beacon and the Populist Surge

Piero Ignazi

in Extreme Right Parties in Western Europe

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780198293255
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601903 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

 Italy: The Faded Beacon and the Populist Surge

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This chapter explores the evolution of fascism in Italy. Fascism found its complete and lasting realisation in inter-war Italy from 1922 until 1943-45. No other extreme right party succeeded in post-war Italy. In the 1990s, a new party, the (Lega Nord) Northern League, has been credited with anti-system and right-extremist credentials.

Keywords: Italy; fascism; Lega Nord; extreme right parties; political parties

Chapter.  12789 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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