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Routledge Handbook of Global Populism

Edited by: Carlos de la Torre

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9780415787024
eBook ISBN: 9781315226446
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315226446
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This volume illustrates the diversity of populism globally. When seeking power, populists politicize issues, and point to problems that need to be addressed such as inequalities, the loss of national sovereignty to globalization, or the rule of unresponsive political elites. Yet their solutions tend to be problematic, simplistic, and in most instances, instead of leading to better forms of democracy, their outcomes are authoritarian. Populists use a playbook of concentrating power in the hands of the president, using the legal system instrumentally to punish critics, and attacking the media and civil society. Despite promising to empower the people, populists lead to processes of democratic erosion and even transform malfunctioning democracies into hybrid regimes.

The Routledge Handbook of Global Populism provides instructors, students, and researchers with a thorough and systematic overview of the history and development of populism and analyzes the main debates. It is divided into sections on the theories of populism, on political and social theory and populism, on how populists politicize inequalities and differences, on the media and populism, on its ambiguous relationships with democratization and authoritarianism, and on the distinct regional manifestations of populism. Leading international academics from history, political science, media studies, and sociology map innovative ideas and areas of theoretical and empirical research to understand the phenomenon of global populism.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Global populism Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Laclau’s theory of populism Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Populism as a political strategy Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The ideational approach Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Antiestablishment and the substitution of the whole with one of its parts Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Civil society, populism, and religion Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Populist constitutionalism Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Twisting representation Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Left, right, and the populist structuring of political competition Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The emergence of ethno-populism in Latin America Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Islamic populism and the politics of neoliberal inequalities Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Populism and race in the United States from George Wallace to Donald Trump Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Populism, migration, and xenophobia in Europe Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Populism as media and communication phenomenon Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Populism and media in Western Europe Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Donald Trump, American populism and affective media Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The influence of populist leaders on African democracy Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Populism and democracy in Europe Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Radical left-wing populism and democracy in Europe Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Fascism and populism Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Populism and authoritarianism Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Populism and competitive authoritarianism in Latin America Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Populism in Africa and the potential for “ethnically blind” politics Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Movement leaders, oligarchs, technocrats and autocratic mavericks Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Populism in the Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Populism in the U.S. Download PDF
Chapter  27:  From left to right and beyond Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Populist waves in Latin America Download PDF
Chapter  29:  The missing piece in global populism Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Epilogue Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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