Fathers of the Lega Nord?

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


This thesis argues for the need to reexamine and reconceptualise the roots of the Italian Lega Nord (Northern League). While existing literature on the Lega tends to assume that the origins of this movement lie in the 1980s, I challenge this consensus, arguing that leghismo not only has roots in the transition of the First to Second Italian Republic in the 1980s and 1990s but also in another period of crisis and transition in the 1940s and 1950s. These earlier decades saw the emergence of “Movements for Regional Autonomy” (MRAs) in Piedmont (The MARP) and Lombardy (The MAB), which were in many ways significant antecedents of 1980s leghismo.
Date of Award2019
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bath
SupervisorAnna Bull (Supervisor) & Aurelien Mondon (Supervisor)

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