In this essay we look at the experiences of municipal and territorial political organization as a resource and not so much (and more) as an attack on the consistency and strength of the "body" national. It therefore considers the inability of the centre and the institutions of the liberal state to look to the virtuous models of aggregation and organization of policy at the local level, whatever its sign (radical democratic, reformer socialist or social catholic). It looks at the relationship between centre and periphery of the latter broken down and questioning the impact had on the centre of the local dynamics. In state building and national development of Italian history, the policy at territorial and municipal scale was an important test case, both in setting and describe the relationship between State and civil society, both in highlighting the tension lines and fracture.
Ridolfi, M. (2011). Le radici locali dei partiti nazionali. PASSATO E PRESENTE(n. 83), 98-122.