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Italy, No Country for Acting Alone? Lone Actor Radicalisation in the Neo-Fascist Milieu

  title={Italy, No Country for Acting Alone? Lone Actor Radicalisation in the Neo-Fascist Milieu},
  author={Pietro Castelli Gattinara and Francis O’Connor and Lasse Lindekilde},
  journal={Perspectives on terrorism},
Recent research on lone-actor terrorism has emphasized that many far-right attackers are guided by the doctrine of Leaderless Resistance, which holds that individual militants have a personal onus to autonomously carry out attacks. In this framework, Italy stands out because, despite its bloody history of right-wing political violence and terrorism, it has heretofore avoided, with one notable exception, any fatal lone actor attacks. This article presents a deviant case design: focusing on the… 

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