A Country in a Cricket Net? The Five Star Movement and representative democracy in Italy
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Date: 23 October 2013
Location: 2.18, 65-68 Park Place
A public lecture by Prof Annarita Criscitiello (University of Naples). In the February 2013 Italian elections the Five Star Movement shocked observers by gaining a quarter of the Italian vote. It had not previously been represented in parliament. It now became the largest party voted by peninsula Italy (Italians overseas tipped the scales). One major interpretation places the 5SM in the context of growing rejection of the EU and austerity politics. A second challenges this explanation, instead emphasising disillusion with both Berlusconism and the mainstream left in Italy. In fact, the movement is a radical challenge to contemporary party politics and even representative democracy as such.
This event was organised by our European Governance, Identity and Public Policy Unit.
All welcome to attend.