The Emergence of a New Party in the Italian Party System: Rise and Fortunes of the Five Star Movement

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Series Details Vol.38, No.3, May 2015, p516-534
Publication Date May 2015
ISSN 0140-2382
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This article examines the fortunes of the recently created Five Star Movement, a party that at its first general election in February 2013 became the most voted for party in Italy. It explains the success of this new party through citizens’ demands, patterns of party competition and institutional rules. Building on the interplay between popular demands and party supply, the study examines the overall political stance of this party and how it fits the policy priorities of citizens. By comparing it with other parties, the article investigates how the Five Star Movement distinguished itself from its competitors. Finally, the article examines how the electoral system has limited its emergence.

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