In the Name of the People: The Euroscepticism of the Italian Radical Right

Caiani, Manuela and Conti, Nicolò (2014) In the Name of the People: The Euroscepticism of the Italian Radical Right. Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 15 (2), pp. 183-197. DOI: 10.1080/15705854.2014.885766

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In this article, we analyse Euroscepticism as a common trait of current radical right-wing formations. Public opinion in Italy has become increasingly polarized on the issue of European integration, and largely Eurosceptic. Thus, it is relevant to understand whether there is an ideological opposition to the European Union (EU) in Italy, both inside and outside the Parliament, which, in the future, could capture the malaise of the citizens and grow within the political system. Particularly, we explore differences and similarities between the parliamentary and the extra-parliamentary right. We show that the ways in which they perceive and (negatively) represent the EU through frames is strikingly similar, despite the fact that these organizations do not really cooperate and are even in competition with each other. Ultimately, despite many factors being mature for issue mobilization and the creation of an EU cleavage in Italy, the success of this process largely depends on the ability of the radical right organizations to come to terms with their ideological background, give priority to this emerging cleavage and establish more synergies with each other. (author's abstract)

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Keywords: Radical right, frame analysis, party manifestos, discourses on Europe, Euroscepticism, Italy
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 12:09
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2016 14:15
DOI: 10.1080/15705854.2014.885766
ISSN: 1570-5854

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