There is a consensus that right, and left-wing populism is on the rise on both sides of the Atlantic, from Donald Trump in the United States, to Spain’s leftist Podemos. These may utilize different kinds of populist mobilizations but the fact remains that elite and mass opinion is fuelling a populist backlash.
In Populism and Passions, twelve scholars engage with discourse analysis, democratic theory, and post structural political thought to study the political logic of passion for contemporary populism. Together these interdisciplinary essays demonstrate what emotional engagement implies for the spheres of politics and the social, and how it governs and mobilizes individuals. The volume presents:
A timely analysis of this political phenomena in contemporary Western democracies, Populism and Passions is ideal for students and scholars in political theory, comparative politics, social theory, critical theory, cultural studies, and global studies.
"Despite the burgeoning growth of populism studies, there are still areas in the field which remain underdeveloped. This volume, through the interdisciplinary study of the relationship between populism and passions, fills a crucial gap in one of those areas. It does so in an insightful, theoretically robust and empirically-informed way, bringing together younger researchers and established scholars. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the populist phenomenon and on the role that passions play in contemporary democratic politics." —Giorgos Katsambekis, Loughborough University
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Introduction: Populism, Democracy, and the Logic of Passion
Paolo Cossarini and Fernando Vallespín
Part 1: Ordering the Political Realm
1. Political Affects in the Neuroscientific Age
Manuel Arias Maldonado
2. Populisms and Emotions
3.Populism versus Technocracy: Performance, Passions, and Aesthetics
Part 2: Passionate Logic and Discourses in Times of Austerity
4. Our Damned Weakness: Tensions between Reason and Emotion in Podemos
5. The Political Logic of Populist Hype: The Case of Right-wing Populism’s ‘Meteoric Rise’ and its Relation to the Status Quo
Jason Glynos and Aurelien Mondon
6. Populism and the Use of Tropes
7. Emotions and the Left in Denmark. Towards Left-Wing and Mainstream Populism
Óscar García Agustín
Part 3: Passions and Democratic Legitimacy
8. Filling the Vacuum? Passion, ‘the People’, and Affective Communities
9. Passion, Excess, and Fear of the Mob - Populism as Ideology
10. Populism and the Restructuring of the Public Sphere
Fernando Vallespín and Máriam Martínez-Bascuñán
Advisory Board: Amy Allen (Penn State University), Benjamin Barber (City University of New York), Rajeev Bhargava (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies), David Chandler (University of Westminster), Fred Dallmayr (University of Notre Dame), John Keane (University of Sydney), James R. Martel (San Francisco State University), Chantal Mouffe (University of Westminster), Davide Panagia (UCLA), Bhikhu Parekh (House of Lords), and Nadia Urbinati (Columbia University)
Democracy is being re-thought almost everywhere today: with the widespread questioning of the rationalist assumptions of classical liberalism, and the implications this has for representational competition; with the Arab Spring, destabilizing many assumptions about the geographic spread of democracy; with the deficits of democracy apparent in the Euro-zone crisis, especially as it affects the management of budget deficits; with democracy increasingly understand as a process of social empowerment and equalization, blurring the lines of division between formal and informal spheres; and with growing demands for democracy to be reformulated to include the needs of those currently marginalized or even to include the representation of non-human forms of life with whom we share our planet.
Routledge Advances in Democratic Theory publishes state of the art theoretical reflection on the problems and prospects of democratic theory when many of the traditional categories and concepts are being reworked and rethought in our globalized and complex times.
The series is published in cooperation with the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, London, UK.
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