The ebb and flow of euroscepticism in Italy

Quaglia, Lucia (2011) The ebb and flow of euroscepticism in Italy. South European Society and Politics, 16 (1). pp. 31-50. ISSN 1360-8746

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This paper analyses the 'ebb and flow' of party-based and popular euroscepticism in Italy, arguing that, when examined over a long period of time, euroscepticism has shifted from left to right. Moreover, whereas party-based euroscepticism has been transformed from ideological to strategic, popular euroscepticism seems to be better explained by economic reasons rather than political ones. The empirical material is organised in three periods, on the basis of the turning points in the evolution of euroscepticism in Italy: from 1957 to the late 1960s; from the early 1970s to the end of the so-called 'First Republic' in the early 1990s; and the 'Second Republic'.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: European Integration, Political Parties, Party Euroscepticism, Public Opinion, Mass Attitudes
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Lucia Quaglia
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:18
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2012 11:20
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