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dc.contributor.authorMcDonnell, Duncan
dc.description.abstractThe Lega Nord (LN—Northern League) presents us with a very clear example of a right-wing populist party which has used religion to define both ‘the people’ and ‘the others’. This has been particularly the case since the turn of the twenty-first century, with the LN consistently casting itself as the saviour of a culturally Catholic northern Italian ‘people’ which is said to be under threat, from below, by Muslim immigrants seeking to dominate the native population and, from above, by secular elites at national and supranational levels who do not respect the traditions or identities of the people and instead privilege the rights of ‘others’. Compounding matters, with the exception of some individual clergymen, the Church—according to the Lega—has too often sided with elites and ‘the others’ against the people, leaving the party as the sole constant defender (and saviour) of ordinary northern Italians.en_US
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited kingdomen_US
dc.relation.ispartofbooktitleSaving the People: How Populists Hijack Religionen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchComparative Government and Politicsen_US
dc.titleThe Lega Norden_US
dc.typeBook chapteren_US
dc.type.descriptionB1 - Book Chapters (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeB - Book Chaptersen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Business School, School of Government and International Relationsen_US
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gro.griffith.authorMcDonnell, Duncan

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