Populism and Law-making Process in Italy

Since populism is, by definition, opposed to everything that appears to make public decisions less “easy”, the law-making process emerges as one of its natural targets. In fact, the purpose of the legislative procedure is precisely that of not making the decision immediate, subjecting it to a series of intermediate steps: therefore, fatally, a populist movement, when it enters parliament, clashes with it. It is necessary, however, to distinguish between the two scenarios, and Italy has given interesting examples of both: when the populist movement is in opposition and when it is in majority.