Gerardo Bianco, Christian Democrat Group Leader in the Lower House during the 8th Legislature

Author/s Paolo Carusi
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2022/1 Language Italian
Pages 31 P. 119-149 File size 314 KB
DOI 10.3280/MON2022-001005
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The paper analyses the political circumstances leading to Gerardo Bianco’s candidacy for the role of Christian Democrat group leader in the Chamber of Deputies in 1978. After an initial setback, Bianco was elected group leader in June 1979, in a show of open rebellion on the part of Christian Democrat deputies against the policy orientation of the party Secretariat. By analysing Bianco’s ac-tion as CD lower House group leader, the article assesses the policy of the CD par-ty faction "Proposta", of which Bianco was a leader. Between 1979 and the early 1980s, this faction sought to bring an end to the "Historic compromise", shifting the party towards a policy of political and institutional reform. Although this at-tempt was not to bear fruit, it did lay the foundations for the referendum campaigns led a few years later by Mario Segni.

Keywords: Christian Democratic Party, Gerardo Bianco, Mario Segni, institutional reform programmes, Italian politics in the 1980s, five-party coalition

Paolo Carusi, Gerardo Bianco, la corrente «Proposta» e i nuovi indirizzi della politica democristiana tra VII e VIII legislatura (1976-1983) in "MONDO CONTEMPORANEO" 1/2022, pp 119-149, DOI: 10.3280/MON2022-001005