Political Participation Through the Use of the Internet: The Case of the Five Star Movement

The paper aims to explore the Italian scenario, where the anti-establishment Five Star Movement has grown to be the leading populist force fostering the direct political participation of voters through the use of the Internet that is supposed to bring, in the long run, political disintermediation. In this respect, the goal of the paper is to explore, from a constitutional law perspective, the grounds on which the rise of this anti-establishment movement has relied and the constraints that the constitution may place on the populist surge.