Keywords: Giuseppe Volpi, Fascist regime, Mussolini, Economic interests, Confindustria.
Giuseppe Volpi di Misurata represented a mediation point between different interests both in the economic field and in the complex national – but also regional and local – political balance that long underpinned the fascist regime. This article intends to revisit this figure between the 1920s and the Second World War. The attempt will be made to identify, through an approach that will be chronological and thematic, the passages that led Volpi to embody the ideal prototype of the mediator between different economic and political interests. In his relationship with the institutions and with the fascist government the paper will identify the elements that made him – to the eyes of many, in Italy as well as abroad – a potential successor to Mussolini in the event of a regime crisis.