Local representative democracy and protest politics:the case of the Five-star Movement

Abstract

In recent years, protest politics has become a relevant phenomenon in various European countries. Italy has witnessed the rise of the Five-star Movement (M5S), an anti-establishment party, which, at the 2013 general election, obtained one-fourth of the total votes. However, the story of this ‘party-movement’ started at the local level, as a civic network aimed at changing administrative practices in municipal government. By using an original dataset on representation in 671 Italian municipalities from 2010 to 2014, this article aims to explain not only the subnational political success of the M5S but also the challenges and contradictions that a newly formed movement faces in multi-level electoral arenas.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/23248823.2015.1087120
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Contemporary Italian Politics on 11 Sept 2015, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/23248823.2015.1087120
Publication ISSN: 2324-8831
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2015-09-02
Authors: Vampa, Davide (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-5983-5422)

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