From the Summary: "During the last decade, European party systems have experienced a profound overhaul. The emergence of new populist parties - in both the right and leftwing side of the political spectrum, the increasing salience of new issues and the reliance on new modes of communication have radically transformed mainstream political discourse. The Covid-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has likewise reshuffled all previous political priorities and compelled officeholders and party leaders to calibrate their political discourse accordingly. [...] The authors present an appraisal of the discursive stance of Italy ' s main political parties through three different lenses: i) representative institutions, ii) notions of citizenship and iii) foreign policy. Crucially, this FEPS [Foundation for European Progressive Studies] Covid Response Paper elucidates how the Covid-19 pandemic has profoundly disrupted the sovereignist and nationalist discourse of populist forces in Italy at a time when issues of health and the strengthening of the state have gained prominent importance. The paper yields findings useful for the management of political communication by progressive forces across Europe. It offers recommendations on what Italy's main progressive party, the Partito Democratico, should do in order to increase its ability to determine Italy's political agenda: a better use of digital platforms, replacing neutral language with political-charged vocabulary, and the embracement of consistent frames and narratives."
Foundation for European Progressive Studies
Bottos, Giacomo; Desiata, Eleonora; Pareschi, Andrea