Is there a populist turn in the Italian Parliament? Continuity and discontinuity in the non-legislative procedures

Populism is not a new phenomenon for many parliaments. However, the gradual disclosure of parliamentary procedures, the advent of ICT and social media and their use by individual MPs autonomously, regardless of the institutional channels of communication, have further contributed to making today’s populism a real challenge for parliaments as representative institutions. The Italian case represents a privileged observatory from which to investigate how a parliament copes with and is transformed by the populist “modus operandi”, in particular after the 2018 political elections.