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The polyvalent populism of the 5 Star Movement

Andrea Pirro

The article elaborates on the supply side of the M5S and shows how its populist frame has been able to incorporate ideological features attributed to the “new politics” of the libertarian left as much as the “new populism” of the radical right.

Type: Journal Article
Year: 2018

Widely recognised as a populist party within a context of mutating populism, ideational
approaches have taken only a marginal role in the analysis of the issues of the Movimento 5
Stelle (5 Star Movement, M5S). The article elaborates on the supply side of the M5S and shows
how its populist frame has been able to incorporate ideological features attributed to the “new
politics” of the libertarian left as much as the “new populism” of the radical right. Such a peculiarity is conceptualised in terms of polyvalent populism – a variant of populism that rests on
concomitant ideological discordance, newness, and radicalness. The theoretical argument is
complemented by the analysis of Beppe Grillo's political supply over the span of his 'long decade'
between political activism and the electoral breakthrough of the movement party. The analysis
also demonstrates that those contentious issues that have often caused public clamour and
offered room for convergence between the M5S and the Lega on a shared governmental platform
(2018) were already part of Grillo's discourse – though often unspoken in official programmatic
documents.

Journal of Contemporary European Studies, OnlineFirst, DOI: 1080/14782804.2018.1519484

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14782804.2018.1519484

News

09/11/2018

Donatella della Porta on the Growing Criminalization of Protest

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The criminalization of protest is growing: there are many signals of this both in ‘hybrid’ regimes and in democratic countries. In this interview, Donatella della Porta discusses the dynamics and consequences of such trend.

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

Movement parties of the far right: The organization and strategies of nativist collective actors

Andrea Pirro, Pietro Castelli Gattinara
Despite theoretical commonalities, very little empirical research has focused on far-right “movement parties” as collective actors operating both in the protest and the electoral arenas. The article redresses this inconsistency by exploring the organizational and strategic configuration of two far-right collective actors—the Hungarian Jobbik and the Italian CasaPound.

Monograph - 2018

Political Strategies and Social Movements in Latin America. The Zapatistas and Bolivian Cocaleros

Leonidas Oikonomakis
This book investigates how social movements form their political strategies in their quest for social change and -when they shift from one strategy to another- why and how that happens.