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The place of the people in post-democracy: researching ‘antipopulism’ and post-democracy in crisis-ridden Greece

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posted on 11.05.2022, 08:11 authored by Giorgos Katsambekis
The aim of this article is to investigate “antipopulism” as a distinct discursive repertoire that marginalizes “the people” as the legitimizing cornerstone of democracy. After providing an account of the Greek post-democratic transition from the mid-nineties onwards, I will then delve into what could be described as the “populism/anti-populism” ideologicopolitical divide, as it manifests in the Greek political system and also on the European level during the past few years, and especially within the ongoing crisis. The main hypothesis is that “anti-populism” can be seen as a crucial aspect of post-democracy, introducing what could be described as a peculiar Ideological State Apparatus in the Althusserian sense; a way to marginalize disagreement and democratic dissensus and discipline a public sphere in an age dominated by technocratic virtue, expert knowledge and ‘consensus politics’.

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • International Relations, Politics and History

Published in

POSTData: Revista de Reflexión y Análisis Político

Volume

19

Issue

2

Pages

555 - 582

Publisher

Grupo Interuniversitario Postdata

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© Grupo Interuniversitario Postdata

Publisher statement

Reproduced with the permission of the publisher.

Acceptance date

25/04/2014

Publication date

2014-11-12

Copyright date

2014

ISSN

1515-209X

eISSN

1851-9601

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Georgios Katsampekis. Deposit date: 9 May 2022

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