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After the breakdown of the "First Republic" : a turning-point for the Italian Extreme Right ?

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  • Marco Tarchi orcid logo

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The position of the extreme right within the Italian political system has been modified since 1993. A larger political space became available to the rightwing parties when some of the pillars of the "First Republic" governmental coalitions collapsed. The most representative party of this area, the MSI, is experiencing an ideological and organizational change which started by the assumption of the new label "Alleanza Nazionale". In this article we try to explain why the shape and logic of the clientelistic and partitocratie Italian system can be hold responsible for the success of the MSI and to discuss some organizational, ideological and political aspects of its change into the AN. We also analyze the chances of success for the movements of the populist Radical Right, whose strategy is mainly related to the emergence of the immigration cleavage, in a country were the dissatisfaction for the working of democracy is still widespread.

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Tarchi, M., (1996) “After the breakdown of the "First Republic" : a turning-point for the Italian Extreme Right ?”, Res Publica 38(2), p.385-396. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/rp.v38i2.18641

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29 Jun 1996
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