It was founded in 1997 by the union of the regional Italian People's Party with For Aosta Valley, and some former Socialists. In the 1998 regional election Autonomists won 12.8% and five regional deputies. In 2001 the party was merged with the Autonomist Federation (FA) to form the current Edelweiss (SA). However, following the 2003 regional election FA was re-established and thus SA can be considered the perfect continuation of the Autonomists.
- Sonia Alonso (26 April 2012). Challenging the State: Devolution and the Battle for Partisan Credibility: A Comparison of Belgium, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Oxford University Press. p. 167. ISBN 978-0-19-969157-9.