The roots of the Lega Nord’s populist regionalism

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Newth’s paper contributes to a greater understanding of the connection between regionalism and radical-right ideology by examining the roots of the Italian Lega Nord’s regionalist, populist and nativist discourse with a new framework of populist regionalism. By analysing the discourse of two waves of regionalist activism in Lombardy and Piedmont, represented respectively by movements for regional autonomy (MRAs) and the Lega Nord (Northern League), Newth underlines a significant connection between populist regionalism and the radical right, represented by the process of Othering directed against both internal and external migrants. At the same time, examination of narratives used during these two waves of activism reveals differences—at times nuanced, at times more explicit—between their respective populist and nativist identities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-406
Number of pages23
JournalPatterns of Prejudice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2019


  • First Italian Republic
  • Lega Nord
  • Padania
  • Second Italian Republic
  • immigration
  • nativism
  • populism
  • radical right
  • regionalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History


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