This edited volume addresses the set of politically challenging issues that the advent of populist movements raised for individual nation states and the whole Europe.
Based on critical engagements with the extant scholarship in comparative politics, political philosophy, international relations, regional studies and critical geopolitics, this collection of chapters offers the interpretation of the contemporary populism as illiberal nationalism, and underscores its deeply political challenge to the post-political core of the EU project. The contributors discuss the deep transformations within the fabric of contemporary European societies that makes scholars rethink the post-Cold War hegemonic understanding of liberal democracy as the dominant paradigm destined to expand from its traditional hotbed in the West to other regions. This edited volume intends to stretch analysis beyond the conventional accounts of populism as an anti-elite and extra-institutional appeal to the general public for the sake of its mobilization against incumbent power holders, and look for more nuanced meanings inherent to this term.
The chapters in this book were originally published in European Politics and Society and the Journal of Contemporary European Studies.
Table of Contents
1. Biopolitical conservatism in Europe and beyond: the cases of identity-making projects in Poland and Russia
2. Populisms, popular geopolitics and the politics of belonging in Estonia
Andrey Makarychev and Vladimir Sazonov
3. Frontiers of hatred? A study of right-wing populist strategies in Slovakia
4. Rethinking the incumbency effect. Radicalization of governing populist parties in East-Central-Europe. A case study of Hungary
5. Between party-systems and identity-politics: the populist and radical right in Estonia and Latvia
Stefano Braghiroli and Vassilis Petsinis
6. Celebrity populism: a look at Poland and the Czech Republic
Monika Gabriela Bartoszewicz
7. Theoretical and comparative perspectives on populism in Ukraine and Europe
8. Are post-Soviet leaders doomed to be populist? A comparative analysis of Putin and Nazarbayev
Andrey Makarychev is Professor of Regional Political Studies at the University of Tartu, Estonia. The titles of his recent books – all co-authored with Alexandra Yatsyk - include "Celebrating Borderlands in a Wider Europe: Nations and Identities in Ukraine, Georgia and Estonia" (Nomos, 2016), ‘Lotman’s Cultural Semiotics and the Political" (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017) and "Critical Biopolitics of the Post-Soviet: From Populations to Nations" (Lexington Books, 2020).