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Multiple Populisms

Italy as Democracy's Mirror, 1st Edition

Edited by Paul Blokker, Manuel Anselmi


296 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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This book provides a comprehensive interpretation of populism using Italy, the only country amongst consolidated constitutional democracies in which populist political forces co-habit with non-populist political forces, as the starting point and bench mark.

Populism is a complex, multi-faceted form of political communication which redefines many of the essential characteristics of democracy; participation, representation, and political conflict. This book considers the version of populism that is increasingly dominant today and poses a real challenge to representative and constitutional democracy. Contributors provide an integrative interpretation of populism and analyse its principal historical and social variables to provide a multi-faceted reflection on the concept of populism, comprehensive analysis of the populist phenomenon and a theoretical and comparative perspective on the diverse political experiences of populism around the globe.

Based on conceptual and interdisciplinary reflections from expert authors, this book will be of great interest to scholars and post-graduate students of cultural studies, European studies, political sociology, political philosophy and political theory with an interest in a comparative and interdisciplinary theory of populism and its manifestations.

Table of Contents

Introduction Multiple Populisms. Italy as Democracy’s Mirror

Paul Blokker and Manuel Anselmi

Part 1 Which People for What Form of Democracy?

Chapter 1 The Construction of the People

Valentina Pazé

Chapter 2 Neo-Populism and the Subversion of Democratic Quality

Leonardo Morlino and Francesco Raniolo

Chapter 3 Depoliticization, Anti-politics and the Moral People

Fabio De Nardis

Part. 2 Populism and the Transformation of Parties

Chapter 4 Anti-party-ism as a Structural Component of Italian Democracy

Nadia Urbinati

Chapter 5 "Particracy": The Pre-Populist Critique of Party Democracy, and Its Implications

David Ragazzoni

Chapter 6 Populist Anti-party Parties

Lorenzo Viviani


Part. 3 Populism and the Transformation of the Public Sphere

Chapter 7 Technopopulism and Direct Representation

Michele Sorice and Emiliana De Blasio

Chapter 8 Intellectuals and Cultural Populism

Massimiliano Panarari

Chapter 9 Penal Populism in the Multi-populist Context of Italy

Manuel Anselmi and Stefano Anastasìa

Part. 4 Populism and the Transformation of Politics

Chapter 10 Citizen Democracy. "New Politics" in "New Participation" Models

Marco Damiani

Chapter 11 The Populist Assault on the Constitution

Paul Blokker

Chapter 12 Four Italian Populisms

Cecilia Biancalana

About the Editors

Manuel Anselmi is currently Researcher at Unitelma Sapienza of Rome, as well as Affiliate Researcher at King's College in London, and a member of the Centre for Conflict and Participation Studies of LUISS in Rome.

Paul Blokker is Associate Professor in political sociology at the Department of Sociology and Business Law, University of Bologna, Italy.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy