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Routledge Handbook of Global Populism

Edited By

Carlos de la Torre

ISBN 9780415787024
Published October 2, 2018 by Routledge
498 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume illustrates the diversity of populism globally. When seeking power, populists politicize issues, and point to problems that need to be addressed such as inequalities, the loss of national sovereignty to globalization, or the rule of unresponsive political elites. Yet their solutions tend to be problematic, simplistic, and in most instances, instead of leading to better forms of democracy, their outcomes are authoritarian. Populists use a playbook of concentrating power in the hands of the president, using the legal system instrumentally to punish critics, and attacking the media and civil society. Despite promising to empower the people, populists lead to processes of democratic erosion and even transform malfunctioning democracies into hybrid regimes.

The Routledge Handbook of Global Populism provides instructors, students, and researchers with a thorough and systematic overview of the history and development of populism and analyzes the main debates. It is divided into sections on the theories of populism, on political and social theory and populism, on how populists politicize inequalities and differences, on the media and populism, on its ambiguous relationships with democratization and authoritarianism, and on the distinct regional manifestations of populism. Leading international academics from history, political science, media studies, and sociology map innovative ideas and areas of theoretical and empirical research to understand the phenomenon of global populism.

Table of Contents

1. Global Populism: Histories, Trajectories, Problems and Challenges  Part 1: Contemporary Theories of Populism  2. Populist Ideologies  3. Populist Political Strategies  4. Discourse Theories: Ernesto Laclau and the Essex School  Part 2: Regional Trajectories  5. Populism in the US  6. Contemporary/21st century Populism in Europe  7. Populism in Latin America  8. Populism in Africa  9. Populists in Asia: Fighting Social Immobility or Entrenching Autocracy?  10. Populism in the Middle East  Part 3: Populism and Democracy  11. Populism and Late Liberalism  12. Leftwing Populism and Democratization  13. Populism and Democracy in Europe  14. Populist Leadership, Party Institutionalisation and Democratisation in Africa  15. Populism and Democracy  Part 4: Populism, Authoritarianism, Fascism  16. Populism and Trans-Atlantic Fascism  17. Postfascism and Populism in Europe  18. Populist Authoritarianism  19. Populism and Competitive Authoritarianism  Part 5: The Populist Politization of Inequalities and Differences  20. Left Populism and the Politization of Neoliberal Exclusions in Latin America and Southern Europe  21. Islamic Populism and the Politization of Neoliberal Inequalities  22. Populism and Race in the US  23. Populism, Migration, and Xenophobia in Europe  24. Populism and Race/Ethnicity in Latin America  25. Ethnopopulism in Africa  Part 6: Populism and the Media  17. Latin America  18. Asia, and Europe  19. Europe  20. Israel  21. Conclusion

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Carlos de la Torre is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kentucky and Emeritus Professor at FLASCO-Ecuador. He has been a fellow at the Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars. He is the author of 13 books and over 100 articles and book chapters.


"It broadens our view and provides rich material for a more empirically based debate on populism and, most of all, on the reasons for its development."

Dirk J├Ârke, TU Darmstadt