'We the People': Demarcating the demos in populist mobilization—the case of the Italian Lega

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dc.contributor.author Schmidtke, Oliver
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-16T23:56:42Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-16T23:56:42Z
dc.date.copyright 2021 en_US
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.citation Schmidtke, O. (2021). “‘We the People’: Demarcating the demos in populist mobilization—the case of the Italian Lega.” Social Sciences, 10(10), 351. https://doi.org/10.3390/10100351 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.3390/10100351
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/14479
dc.description.abstract This article is a theoretically guided and empirically based analysis of how populist movements invoke the notion of the ‘people’ as a cornerstone of their political mobilization. While the confrontation between the virtuous ‘people’ and the unresponsive elites speaks to how populism challenges established political actors and institutions, the actual meaning of who the ‘people’ are and what they represent is shifting and often driven by strategic considerations. Analytically the article investigates the distinct ways in which nationalism and populism conceptualize and politically mobilize the notion of the ‘people’. Empirically it focuses on the Italian League and engages in a discourse analysis of its political campaigns over the past 30 years. Based on this textual analysis of political campaigns, the article sheds light on how the reference to the ‘people’ has been employed as this political actor has transformed from a regionalist party advocating for autonomy in Northern Italy to one taking up the role of a populist-nationalist party at the national level. This case study allows the author to make a generalizable hypothesis about the nature of identity politics promoted by populist actors and the way in which the invocation of the ‘people’ and their alleged enemies is a pivotal political narrative that opens and restricts opportunities for political mobilization. This interpretative approach also allows for a more concise conceptual understanding of the affinity that right-wing populists demonstrate toward nativist ideologies. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Social Sciences en_US
dc.subject populism en_US
dc.subject nationalism en_US
dc.subject regionalism en_US
dc.subject italy en_US
dc.subject democracy en_US
dc.subject party politics en_US
dc.subject Lega en_US
dc.title 'We the People': Demarcating the demos in populist mobilization—the case of the Italian Lega en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US

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