The late Italian prime minister’s ascent to power in the 1990s laid the foundations for the post-truth era.
Vito Laterza is associate professor in development studies at the University of Agder, southern Norway. He is an anthropologist and analyst focusing o... n politics, economy and society in Africa and the West. He is also the chief editor of the blog Democracy in Action.
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