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The populist surge in post-democratic times: Theoretical and political challenges

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posted on 12.02.2018, 11:21 by Giorgos KatsambekisGiorgos Katsambekis
Populism has often been described as a great challenge and threat to Western democracies. Not surprisingly, at a time in which we are witnessing a significant rise in populist actors in Europe and the US, scientific analyses and commentary regarding populism have become particularly popular and, indeed, necessary. My aim in this article is to offer a brief yet comprehensive overview of the ongoing debates in a bid to problematise the supposed ‘imminent threat’ of populism in light of recent developments within the political systems and societies of established democracies, especially under conditions of crisis. I understand populism as a specific type of discourse, and thus as a way—among others—of doing politics and appealing to groups of people. Thus, I highlight the varying orientations that populist movements might take, depending on the ideological traditions with which they are closely articulated and the sociopolitical environment in which they manifest. Last, I relate the ‘populist surge’ to discussions regarding post-democracy.

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School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

Political Quarterly

Volume

88

Issue

2

Pages

202 - 210

Citation

KATSAMBEKIS, G., 2016. The populist surge in post-democratic times: Theoretical and political challenges. The Political Quarterly, 88 (2), pp. 202-210.

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons Ltd © The Author and The Political Quarterly Publishing Co. Ltd

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

07/11/2016

Publication date

2016-12-16

Notes

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: KATSAMBEKIS, G., 2016. The populist surge in post-democratic times: Theoretical and political challenges. The Political Quarterly, 88 (2), pp. 202-210, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-923X.12317. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

ISSN

0032-3179

eISSN

1467-923X

Language

en