The Italian national elections of 18 April 1948 handed power to the Christian Democratic Party. The Italian Communist Party had, however, gained significant municipal control in the local elections of 1946. For the Communists, the local level became the testing ground where administrative practices, political initiatives, social alliances and economic projects were developed. The leaders and the intellectuals worked to outline the cultural framework of a political project which could challenge national politics from town councils. Meanwhile, with a view to making gains in the local elections of 1951–1952, propaganda was used in an attempt to diffuse and proselytise municipal political programmes among different social classes in a divided socioeconomic environment.

The Italian Communist Party, Local Government and the Cold War / Forlenza, R. - In: MODERN ITALY. - ISSN 1353-2944. - 15:2(2010), pp. 177-196. [https://doi.org/10.1080/13532940903513544]

The Italian Communist Party, Local Government and the Cold War

FORLENZA R
2010

Abstract

The Italian national elections of 18 April 1948 handed power to the Christian Democratic Party. The Italian Communist Party had, however, gained significant municipal control in the local elections of 1946. For the Communists, the local level became the testing ground where administrative practices, political initiatives, social alliances and economic projects were developed. The leaders and the intellectuals worked to outline the cultural framework of a political project which could challenge national politics from town councils. Meanwhile, with a view to making gains in the local elections of 1951–1952, propaganda was used in an attempt to diffuse and proselytise municipal political programmes among different social classes in a divided socioeconomic environment.
municipal politics, local election, Cold War, propaganda, Italian communism
The Italian Communist Party, Local Government and the Cold War / Forlenza, R. - In: MODERN ITALY. - ISSN 1353-2944. - 15:2(2010), pp. 177-196. [https://doi.org/10.1080/13532940903513544]
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