Act to Stop the Decline

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Act to Stop the Decline
Fare per Fermare il Declino
Coordinator Oscar Giannino (2012–13)
Michele Boldrin[1] (2013–14)
Founded 16 August 2012 (2012-08-16)
Dissolved 2014 (2014)
Headquarters Via Caradosso, 17 Milan
Membership (2014) 72,583[2]
Ideology Classical liberalism
Economic liberalism[3]
Political position Centre-right[4]
National affiliation European Choice (2014)
European affiliation none
European Parliament group no MEPs
Colours      Red

Act to Stop the Decline (Italian: Fare per Fermare il Declino, Fare or FFD) was a liberal[5] political party in Italy, founded in 2012 as Stop the Decline (Fermare il Declino, FiD).[6][7] Oscar Giannino and Michele Boldrin have been its main leaders.

History[edit]

FFD was launched in July 2012 by a group of seven economists: Oscar Giannino, Michele Boldrin, Sandro Brusco, Alessandro De Nicola, Andrea Moro, Carlo Stagnaro and Luigi Zingales.[8][9][10] The manifesto of the association was signed by 240 personalities and, as of May 2013, had attracted more than 70,000 signatures.[2]

The core goals of FFD included the reduction of the national debt by 20% of GDP in 5 years, the reduction of the public expenditure by at least 6% of GDP in 5 years, the reduction of the tax burden on citizens by at least 5% in 5 years, the introduction of a serious federalism, university reform, liberalizations and privatizations.[11]

On 8 December 2012 it was announced that the association would run an electoral list in the 2013 general election.[12][13] In the election, held in February 2013, the party obtained 1.2%, returning no seats.[14]

FFD contested the 2014 European election within the European Choice (SE) electoral list alongside Civic Choice, Democratic Centre and other minor parties. The list received just 0.7% of the vote and failed to elect any MEPs. Boldrin publicly expressed his regret about the decision to take part in SE and criticised its coalition partners and Guy Verhofstadt.[15]

The party has since been almost inactive and lost media attention and notability. In late 2015 the official website was no longer active.

Electoral results[edit]

Italian Parliament[edit]

Chamber of Deputies
Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Leader
2013 380,937 (#10) 1.2
0 / 630
Oscar Giannino
Senate of the Republic
Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Leader
2013 278,396 (#9) 0.9
0 / 315
Oscar Giannino

European Parliament[edit]

Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Leader
2014 197,942 (#9) 0.7
0 / 73
Michele Boldrin

Leadership[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-07. Retrieved 2013-05-12. 
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  3. ^ Priest, Bea (4 March 2013), "Checkmate – Italy polls hit deadlock", The Cambridge Student - Online 
  4. ^ Luca Rossi; Mario Orefice (2015). "Comparing Facebook and Twitter during the 2013 General Election in Italy". In Axel Bruns; Gunn Enli; Eli Skogerbo; Anders Olof Larsson; Christian Christensen. The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics. Taylor & Francis. p. 627. ISBN 978-1-317-50655-3. 
  5. ^ Gianfranco Baldini (2016). "Don't Count Your Chickens before They're Hatched: The 2013 Italian Parliamentary and Presidential Elections". In Susannah Verney; Anna Bosco. Protest Elections and Challenger Parties: Italy and Greece in the Economic Crisis. Routledge. p. 84. ISBN 978-1-317-60307-8. 
  6. ^ Povoledo, Elisabetta (20 February 2013), "Promises of Tax Cuts Popular With Italian Voters", The New York Times 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  9. ^ http://archiviostorico.corriere.it/2012/luglio/28/Patto_per_crescita_merito_Ecco_co_8_120728026.shtml
  10. ^ http://www.opinione.it/editoriali/2012/08/04/mancia_politica-04-08.aspx
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-11. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  14. ^ http://elezioni.interno.it/
  15. ^ http://noisefromamerika.org/articolo/utilita-ed-danno-istinto-politica

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