Des vocations intéressées ? : Les récits d’engagement des jeunes de Forza Italia à l’aune du modèle rétributif du militantisme

Abstract : In contrast with most young activists in left- and right-wing parties, some of the young Forza Italia activists do not hesitate to present their involvement as a means to obtain material and/or symbolic rewards. Interviews with young Berlusconians conducted at the beginning of Berlusconi’s second term (2001-2006) starkly belie what is now the classic model of incentives for political activism (which presupposes a denial of interest in rewards of any kind other than victory for one’s cause, an emphasis on sacrifice and the primacy of ideological motivations). Moreover, they invite sociologists to reconsider evidence from the literature on political activism. Nevertheless, behind the defense of entrepreneurial activism lie several difficulties: the risks in case of individual failure, regrets about the relative dearth of collective activities geared toward socialization, the fragility of the positions this type of involvement implies. In the final analysis, the model of a self-interested calling that these young Forza Italia activists embody reflects the more general transformations that democratic political systems have undergone.
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Stéphanie Dechezelles. Des vocations intéressées ? : Les récits d’engagement des jeunes de Forza Italia à l’aune du modèle rétributif du militantisme. Revue Francaise de Science Politique, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, 2009, Militants des partis de droite, 59, pp.29-50. ⟨10.3917/rfsp.591.0029⟩. ⟨hal-01799083⟩

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