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October 27, 2023

🔮 Back to the future of populism?

David Arter Looking back should be the future direction of populism research, insists David Arter, who holds that political scientists would benefit from using a longer lens when viewing the genealogy of the populist party family Read more
September 29, 2023

🔮 Three myths about populism in international relations

Angelos Chryssogelos When thinking about populism in world politics, much mainstream opinion sticks to a stereotypical view of populism as a uniform phenomenon that poses a mortal threat to the international order. Angelos Chryssogelos argues that its relationship with foreign policy and the international order is much more nuanced Read more
July 13, 2023

🔮 Myth: All populist leaders are 'charismatic'

Adrian Favero Adrian Favero explores the claim that populist leaders are generally charismatic and invaluable for the functioning of 'their' parties. 'Charismatic leadership', he says, is not well conceptualised, nor are leaders unreservedly seen as charismatic by their followers despite being helpful for populist parties’ success Read more
June 8, 2023

🔮 Not everyone can be a populist: the ideological boundaries of populism

Stijn van Kessel Mattia Zulianello and Petra Guasti are right to point out that populism is too often conflated with nativist politics or seen as a feature of radical left and right-wing parties only. Nonetheless, Stijn van Kessel argues that populism is not equally compatible with any host ideology Read more
May 30, 2023

🔮 Populism is not just something that populists ‘are’ – it can also be performed and communicated

Michael Hameleers When facts are disputed and experts delegitimised, the term 'populism' may apply to truths and to untruths. Michael Hameleers argues that populist ideas are often strategically communicated to emphasise a divide between congruent truths and incongruent lies. This only serves to emphasise the idea of a divide between ordinary people and corrupt political elites Read more
May 25, 2023

🔮 Populism on the ground: insights from Romania

Sorina Soare Sorina Soare rebuts the commonly held idea that all populist parties are unstructured organisations, exclusively dependent on their leaders’ communication skills. In Romania, through initiatives such as the creation of a mobile hospital, the populist party has been able to forge stable territorial linkages with diverse groups of voters Read more
April 4, 2023

🔮 Looking beyond populism… to better understand populism

Bartek Pytlas The sometimes inflationary use of ‘populism’ has prompted calls to discard the term altogether. Bartek Pytlas argues that what we need instead is a more differentiated and dynamic approach to populism - one that involves contrasting populism against other ideas, as well as observing how political actors use these ideas in practice Read more

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