Party of Italian Peasants

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Party of Italian Peasants
Partito dei Contadini d'Italia
President Urbano Prunotto
Founder Alessandro Scotti
Founded 1920
Dissolved 1963
Merged into Italian Republican Party
Newspaper La Voce del Contadino
Ideology Agrarianism (official)
Political position Centre
European affiliation None
International affiliation None

The Party of Italian Peasants (Italian: Partito dei Contadini d'Italia, PCd'I), later renamed Concentration Rural Unity (Italian: Concentrazione di Unità Rurale, CUR), was a small Italian political party founded in 1920.

History[edit]

Starting from left-wing agrarian and christian leftist ideas, the party moved to an independent ideological position, with the sole goal to defend the small farmers against the great landowners. Its symbol was an ear between some grapes, and its newspaper was called La Voce del Contadino ('The Farmer's Voice'). The party, born in Piedmont, was never able to rise on a national plan, being limited to the Po Valley.

The party first contested the general election of 1921 and then the 1924 one, where it elected 4 deputies, before being forcibly disbanded by the fascism. After the war, it was re-built by Alessandro Scotti, who was elected deputy in 1946 and 1948. However, the Christian Democracy had strongly taken the representation of the agrarian interests, and the party was consequently marginalized. It survived only on local plan for many years, before being finally disbanded in 1963, merging with the PRI.

Electoral results[edit]

Italian parliament[edit]

Chamber of Deputies
Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Leader
1924 73,569 (#11) 1.03
4 / 535
Alessandro Scotti
1929 banned
0 / 535
Decrease 4
1934 banned
0 / 535
1946 102,393 (#10) 0.44
1 / 535
Increase 1
Alessandro Scotti
1948 95,914 (#9) 0.37
1 / 574
Alessandro Scotti
1953* 1,854,850 (#4) 6.85
1 / 590
Alessandro Scotti
1958** 173,227 (#10) 0.59
0 / 596
Decrease 1
Urbano Prunotto
1963 92,209 (#10) 0.30
0 / 630
Urbano Prunotto
Senate of the Republic
Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Leader
1948 65,986 (#10) 0.29
0 / 237
Alessandro Scotti
1953* 1,581,128 (#4) 6.51
0 / 237
Alessandro Scotti
1958** 142,897 (#12) 0.55
0 / 246
Urbano Prunotto
1963 58,064 (#12) 0.21
0 / 315
Urbano Prunotto
Notes