This chapter argues that the particular variety of populism in effect in Italy that has been labelled PopSovism is interesting to comparative lawyers for many reasons. The chapter explains that in the Italian case, restrictions of migrants’ rights represent a form of democratic decay in populist time. This phenomenon was particularly evident during the first Conte government, when Italy became the first European country in which two self-styled populist forces formed a coalition government, but its roots can be found even earlier. Italian populism has ancient roots and restrictions of migrants’ rights preceded and continued after the populist wave. At the same time, the nativist approach to migrants should not be seen as the only manifestation of democratic decay in Italy, which is broader in nature. As a consequence, resilience through legislative reforms is not likely to be forthcoming. More success can be expected if resilience is pursued through judicial remedies both at national and international level.

Criminalising Migrants and Securitising Borders : The Italian ‘No Way’ Model in the Age of Populism / S. Zirulia, G. Martinico - In: Migrants' Rights, Populism and Legal Resilience in Europe / [a cura di] V. Stoyanova, S. Smet. - [s.l] : Cambridge University Press, 2022 May. - ISBN 9781009040396. - pp. 259-279 (( convegno Is Europe Losing its Democratic Compass? Authoritarian Populism, Restrictions of Migrants’ Rights and Democratic Decay in Europe tenutosi a Lund nel 2020.

Criminalising Migrants and Securitising Borders : The Italian ‘No Way’ Model in the Age of Populism

S. Zirulia
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2022-05

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This chapter argues that the particular variety of populism in effect in Italy that has been labelled PopSovism is interesting to comparative lawyers for many reasons. The chapter explains that in the Italian case, restrictions of migrants’ rights represent a form of democratic decay in populist time. This phenomenon was particularly evident during the first Conte government, when Italy became the first European country in which two self-styled populist forces formed a coalition government, but its roots can be found even earlier. Italian populism has ancient roots and restrictions of migrants’ rights preceded and continued after the populist wave. At the same time, the nativist approach to migrants should not be seen as the only manifestation of democratic decay in Italy, which is broader in nature. As a consequence, resilience through legislative reforms is not likely to be forthcoming. More success can be expected if resilience is pursued through judicial remedies both at national and international level.
Italy; migration; human rights; populism; legal resilience; judicial remedies; criminalisation; solidarity
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