Populism: An Introduction is the first introduction to the theme of populism. It will introduce the principal theories, definitions, models and contemporary debates. A number of global case studies will be used to illustrate the concept:
• Russian populism;
• Latin American populism;
• Italian populism;
• Media populism;
• Penal populism;
• Constitutional populism.
Populism will reflect on the sociology of democratic processes and investigate the evolution of political consensus in contemporary political systems. This book will appeal to academics and postgraduate students working in the field of sociology, political sociology and politics.
Introduction. The Populist Option.
1. Preliminary Elements of the Concept of Populism.
Part One: Theorist
2. Gino Germani: National-populism and Modernization
3. Edward Shils: Public Sphere and Populism in the USA.
4. Ghița Ionescu and Ernest Gellner; the Foundation of Studies on Populism
5.Margaret Canovan and the Shadow of Democracy.
6. Laclau: The Construction of the Political
7. Mény and Surel: Sovereignty, Constitution and the People.
8. The Recent Debate
Part Two: Major Cases
9. Russian Populism
10. Perón and Peronism
11. Left-Turn and neo- populisms in Latin America
12. Italian Neo-populism
Part Three: Other Typologies and Other Problems
13. Penal Populism
14. Cultural Populism
16. Constitutional Populism
17. How to Study Populism: Analytical Prospects for Social Researchs
18. Concluding remarks. Democracy and Populism: Which Perspectives?