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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

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).

30/07/2018

ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

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Alice Mattoni, Research Fellow at COSMOS and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 for the research project BIT-ACT: Bottom-up initiative and anti-corruption technologies: how citizens use ICTs to fight corruption.

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

Manès Weisskircher
Based on novel empirical research, this paper analyzes a crucial and understudied case of a movement pushing for new technologies: the animal rights movement and its efforts to push for alternatives to animal experimentation.

Journal Article - 2018

Mobilizing in transnational contentious spaces: linking relations, emotions and space in migrant activism

Elias Steinhilper
The article illustrates how the transnational spaces most migrants inhabit can be politicized and transformed into particular social formations, for which the term ‘transnational contentious spaces’ is suggested.