Gianni Riotta is a columnist at La Stampa, a Visiting Professor at Princeton University and the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He tweets at @riotta.
In the wake of the Italian elections, this
excerpt from ‘Stagioni del populismo italiano’ examines populism
in Italy’s political past and present. How did Guglielmo Giannini’s
Qualunquismo movement influence the most recent forms of populism: those of the
former Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, and comedian-turned-politician, Beppe