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Populism has been used to describe countless and often conflicting political parties, but it can be defined

Rooduijn, Matthijs (2015) Populism has been used to describe countless and often conflicting political parties, but it can be defined. Democratic Audit Blog (06 Mar 2015). Website.

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Abstract

There are different area-based bodies of literature on populism, which generally define the concept in slightly different ways. As a result, the term ‘populism’ has been attached to a wide variety of political actors. Is it an unfortunate coincidence that the same word has been used for completely different parties and politicians, or is it possible to discern the lowest common denominator that these actors share? Matthijs Rooduijn argues that populists in different times and places have four characteristics in common: (1) they emphasize the central position of the people; (2) they criticize the elite; (3) they perceive the people as a homogeneous entity; and (4) they proclaim a serious crisis.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://www.democraticaudit.com/
Additional Information: © 2015 Democratic Audit UK
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2015 15:41
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2021 23:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/63210

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