CasaPound Italia: Contemporary Extreme-Right Politics

CasaPound Italia: hybridization in the contemporary extreme rightStudying CasaPound in the European far-right contextHow to distinguish extreme and radical variants of far-right politicsHow to identify the organizational variants of the far rightThe argumentResearch designCase selection: why CasaPound Italia?Gauging CasaPound’s profile in public debatesStudying the internal supply-side and external mobilizationOutline of the bookNotesReferencesHistory and context of CasaPound ItaliaFar-right politics in Italy: from 1945 to FiuggiThe contemporary scenarioThe origins of CasaPound ItaliaFrom local to national, from single-issue movement to political partyConclusive remarksNotesReferencesIdeologyNativism and the people: ‘Italians first!’Authoritarianism: historical Fascism and law and orderWelfare and the economy: state-led (domestic) laissez-faireOther themesEuropean integration: for Europe but against the EUThe environment: for a nativist ecologyGender: tradition against individualismInternational relations: nostalgia for empires (with Putin and Assad)Conclusive remarksNotesReferencesInternal structureFormal organization: territorial and thematic unitsLeadership, decision-making and personnel selectionRecruitment strategiesModes of engagementThe youth wingWomen in CasaPoundFootball fansConclusive remarksNotesReferencesCollective identityImageryStyleMusicViolenceConclusive remarksNotesReferencesExternal mobilizationFrom the streets to the ballots?The protest arena: issues and tactics in CasaPound’s mobilizationThe electoral arena: CasaPound’s strategies and resultsIssue attention in CasaPound’s electoral campaignsProtest and electoral campaignsEarly campaigns: housing, welfare and austerityCasaPound’s recent campaigns: the European Union and immigrationConclusive remarksNotesReferencesPolitical communicationInfrastructure: media outlets and targeted audiencesInternal communication and the house organ of CasaPoundOnline platforms to communicate internally and externallyExternal communication and social mediaStyle: from protest to electoral politicsCrafting a social movement profileSetting up an electoral profileAppealing to quality mediaConclusive remarksNotesReferencesHybridization in the politics of CasaPound ItaliaDrivers of hybridizationDimensions of hybridizationThe consequences of hybridizationFuture researchLast thoughtsReferencesAppendix 1: List of interviewsAppendix 2: Documentary appendix: internal literature of CasaPound ItaliaAppendix 3: The coding of political claimsAppendix 4: The coding of election manifestos
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