National Bloc (Italy)

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Not to be confused with National Blocs.
National Bloc
Blocco Nazionale
Leader Leone Cattani
Founded 1948
Dissolved 1949
Ideology Conservatism
Liberism
Populism
Political position Right-wing

The National Bloc (Italian: Blocco Nazionale) was a right-wing electoral alliance formed for the 1948 Italian general election by the Italian Liberal Party and the Common Man's Front.

History[edit]

The alliance scored a poor 3.8% in the election for the House, gaining 16 seats,[1] while a 5.4% was reached for the Senate where the single-man constituencies and the age-restricted suffrage gave an advantage to this list formed by old pre-fascist politicians. The list generally suffered the concurrence of Christian Democracy, which was seen by centrist and right-wing electors as the sole shield against the Soviet-aligned Popular Democratic Front.[2]

The alliance soon disappeared, leaving only as a party with some electoral support.

Composition[edit]

It was composed of the following political parties:

Party Ideology Leader
Italian Liberal Party (PLI) Liberalism Leone Cattani
Common Man's Front (UQ) Populism Guglielmo Giannini

Election results[edit]

Chamber of Deputies
Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/–
1948 1,003,727 (#4) 3.8
19 / 574
Leone Cattani
Senate of the Republic
Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/–
1948 1,222,419 (#3) 5.4
7 / 237
Leone Cattani

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Foot (2014). Modern Italy. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 235. ISBN 978-1-137-04192-0. 
  2. ^ Archvio storico delle elezioni