The Movimento Autonomista Bergamasco and the Lega Nord: Continuities and discontinuities

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Abstract

Studies of the Lega Nord (Northern League) have tended either to ignore the existence of earlier movements for regional autonomy in the 1950s-such as the Movimento Autonomista Bergamasco-or, on the contrary, assume continuities between the two movements at the expense of analysis of the significant discontinuities. This article argues that neither approach has been successful in capturing the importance of precursors to leghismo and that a more nuanced analysis is required. Focusing on the Movimento Autonomista Bergamasco (MAB) in its various incarnations between 1947 and 1970, I argue that the Bergamascan autonomists of the post-war period in many ways laid the foundations for Umberto Bossi's Lega Nord; however, it is historically inaccurate to claim a direct line of continuity between mabismo and leghismo due to the differing contexts in which each movement operated: the critical junctures of the post-war era and post-tangentopoli respectively. What emerges from a closer analysis of the relationship between the two movements, as mabismo evolved into leghismo in the 1980s is a picture of regional autonomism distancing itself from the ideal of national unity and being increasingly drawn to secessionism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-252
Number of pages18
JournalModern Italy
Volume23
Issue number3
Early online date1 Mar 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018

Keywords

  • federalism
  • Lega Nord
  • Movimento Autonomista Bergamasco
  • regional autonomy
  • regionalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science

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