Italian Liberal Right

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Italian Liberal Right
Destra Liberale Italiana
President Giuseppe Basini (1994–2004)
Gabriele Pagliuzzi (2004–2011)
Founded 1994
Dissolved October 2011
Split from Italian Liberal Party
Merged into The People of Freedom
Ideology Conservative liberalism
Political position Centre-right
National affiliation National Alliance (1994–2007)

The Italian Liberal Right (Italian: Destra Liberale Italiana, DLI), previously known as the Liberals for Italy (Liberali per l'Italia, LpI) was a tiny conservative-liberal political party in Italy.


The party was founded in 1994 as the Italian Liberal Right (DLI) by members of the right-wing of the Italian Liberal Party (PLI). Leading members included Gabriele Pagliuzzi, Giuseppe Basini, Luciano Magnalbò and Saverio Porcari Lidestri.[1] The DLI soon allied itself with the National Alliance (AN), of which it became the liberal faction.[2] In the 1994, 1996 and 2001 general elections, some members of DLI, including Pagliuzzi, Basini and Magnalbò were elected in the Italian Parliament for AN.

In 2001 Pagliuzzi and Basini left AN, due to their exclusion from party lists for the general election, and re-established DLI, renaming it the Liberal Right – Liberals for Italy (Destra Liberale – Liberali per l'Italia, DL-LpI). Basini left the DL-LpI in 2004 in order to join the re-established Italian Liberal Party of Stefano De Luca, while Pagliuzzi remained in charge of party leadership. Magnalbò was Senator for AN until 2006 and then joined the new PLI in June 2007.

By 2007, DL-LpI had become a tiny liberal political action committee. On 23 October, Eugenio Riccio (former member of the Italian Social Movement and later of AN) joined Pagliuzzi in a convention on the future of the party. The most likely options were either a merger with The Right[3] or with The People of Freedom (PdL).[4] At the beginning of December 2007, the party decided to rename itself as the Italian Liberal Right, the original name of 1994.[5]

In October 2011 Pagliuzzi led his group into the PdL.[6]


DLI was a conservative-liberal expousing a vigorous patriotism and a strong support for economic liberalism. These two elements put together can lead to classification the party's ideology as national liberalism. As heirs of the right-wing liberal tradition of Italy, DLI members were keen on supporting national identity and centralism. Thus they strongly opposed any form of federalism and proposed the abolition of the Regions, including those with special statute, and the Provinces in Italy.[4]



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