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Mapping Populism
Approaches and Methods

Edited By

Amit Ron


Majia Nadesan

ISBN 9781032173320
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
284 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This collection, which can serve as an introduction to the field of populism, provides an array of interdisciplinary approaches to populist mobilizations, theories, meanings, and effects. In so doing, it rejects essentialized ideas regarding what populism is or is not. Rather, it explores the political, social, and economic conditions that are conducive for the emergence of movements labelled populist, the rationalities and affective tenor of those movements, the political issues pertaining to the relationship between populists and elites, and the relationship between populist groups and political pluralism. Grappling with accord and discord in assumptions and methodologies, the book will appeal to scholars of sociology, political science, communication and cultural studies interested in populism, social movements, citizenship, and democracy.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Explaining Populism

1. Explaining Populism Introduction

2. Populism & Citizenship

Matthew Dean Hindman

3. From Personal Opinion to Social Fact

Marco Garrido

4. The People and the Public

Jack Z. Bratich

Part 2: Populism and Pluralism

5. Populism and Pluralism Introduction

6. Democratic Populism as Constructive Nonviolence

Harry C. Boyte

7. Lessons from the Original Rainbow Coalition

Michael Illuzzi

8. Populism, Pluralism, and the Ordinary

Benjamin McKean

Part 3: Populism and Its Conditions of Possibility

9. Populism and Its Conditions of Possibility Introduction

10. Does Globalization Produce Populist Parties? A Cross-National Analysis

Andrew Davis and Albert J. Bergesen

11. Populism, Monopoly, and the Urban Liberal-Rural Populist Coalition

Jeffrey H. Bloodworth

12. Farming Failure: The Origins of Rural Trumpism, 1950-2016

Benjamin Davison

13. Austerity and Ethno-nationalism

Ned Crowley

14. Populism and War-making

Dylan Baun

Part 4: Between "the People" and Elites

15. Between "the People" and Elites People Introduction

16. The Social Psychology of Populism

Paris Aslanidis

17. Populist Corruption Talk

Robert G. Boatright

18. Populism, Democracy, and the Ukrainian Uprisings of the Orange Revolution and Euromaidan

Barbara Wejnert

19. Twenty-First Century American Populist movements

David S. Meyer

20. Crisis Government: The Populist as Plebeian Dictator

Camila Vergara

Part 5: Issues and Methodologies

21. Issues and Methodologies Introduction

22. Political Theory and Its Problem with Populism

Chris Barker

23. New Directions in Quantitative Measures of Populism

Matthew Bergman

24. Populism from the Bottom Up

Rachel Meade

Conclusion: Emerging Issue and Future Directions

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Amit Ron is Associate Professor of Political Science at Arizona State University, U.S.A. His research focuses around two central themes: the political and normative dimensions of the history of political economy, and the democratic theory of the public sphere.

Majia Nadesan is Professor of Communication Studies at Arizona State University, U.S.A. She studies the political logics shaping the government of life, with particular emphasis on the constitution and distribution of risk. Her research has emphasized the government of autism, ability/disability, childhood, democracy, and most recently financial and environmental crises.