1st Edition

The Ideational Approach to Populism, Volume II Consequences and Mitigation

    400 Pages 1 Color & 43 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    400 Pages 1 Color & 43 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a series of specific predictions about the distinct impact of populist ideas.

    In this sequel to the first volume, the ideational approach to populism is extended, providing a robust theoretical framework for understanding populism’s consequences and for identifying policies that mitigate its most negative effects. It reaffirms that ideas matter, arguing that an ideational definition of populism leads to more accurate, and sometimes surprising predictions about the impact of populism at multiple levels of analysis. The chapters of this edited volume explore the effect of populist ideas in each of four areas: consequences for state-level institutions, voters, and international relations; and mitigation. The ideational approach encourages us instead to invest in more systematic engagement with populists and pay better attention to our communication skills.

    It will be of interest to students and scholars of politics, international relations, social psychology, and political communication.

    1 The Ideational Approach  

    Ethan Busby, Angelos Chryssogelos, Eliza Tanner Hawkins, Kirk A. Hawkins, Levente Littvay and Nina Wiesehomeier  



    2 Populists in Government and the Independence of the Judiciary in Latin America  

    Didem Seyis and Hayley Munir  

    3 Populist Rhetoric and Central Bank Independence  

    Brett Meyer  

    4 Populism, Political Regimes, and COVID-19 Deaths  

    Gabriel Cepaluni, Michael T. Dorsch and Semir Dzebo  



    5 Populist Rhetoric and Polarization  

    Rodolfo Sarsfield  

    6 Populist Attitudes, Cleavage Identification, and Polarization in Austria and Germany  

    Sebastian Jungkunz and Marc Helbling  

    7 Populism, Representation, and Ideological Congruence  

    Ryan E. Carlin and Steven M. Van Hauwaert  

    8 Populism and Understandings of Democracy  

    Nina Wiesehomeier and Matthew M. Singer  



    9 Populism and Foreign Policy: Characteristics, Sources, and Implications  

    Angelos Chryssogelos  

    10 Populist Parties and Persistent Non-Compliance with EU Law  

    Robert A. Huber, Carsten Wegscheider, and Thomas Lehner  

    11 Nativism, Economic Nationalism, and Populism in U.S. Foreign Policy  

    Jean-Christophe Boucher and Cameron Thies  

    12 Populism and International Legitimation Strategies  

    Daniel F. Wajner  



    13 Engaging with Populists: Mitigating Populist Polarization  

    Eliza Tanner Hawkins and Kirk A. Hawkins  

    14 Reducing Partisan Animus in Populist Contexts: Limitations of Shared Common Humanity and Perspective-Taking Interventions  

    Jennifer McCoy, Juan S. Gomez Cruces, Ozlem Tuncel, and Levente Littvay  

    15 Responding to Right-Wing Populism Through Inclusionary Political Narratives  

    Biko Koenig  

    16 Populism and Misinformation  

    Nina Wiesehomeier, Ethan Busby, and D.J. Flynn  


    17 Conclusion: Reflections on the Ideational Approach to Populism  

    Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser and Paul Taggart  


    Angelos Chryssogelos, London Metropolitan University, UK

    Eliza Tanner Hawkins, Brigham Young University, USA

    Kirk A. Hawkins, Brigham Young University, USA

    Levente Littvay, HUN-REN Centre for Social Sciences, Hungary

    Nina Wiesehomeier, IE University, Spain

    “This important book brings together the world’s leading authorities on populism to reflect on its causes and consequences and to propose solutions to its most pernicious effects. The book’s value is only likely to grow if, as I believe, we are still in the early stages of the Age of Populism. Every student of populism will find this book useful, as it covers themes ranging from the international relations and party politics of populism to populist attitudes to the best means of mitigating populist mobilization--from the Global North to the Global South. It is sure to be an indispensable resource for many years to come.”

    Erin Jenne, Professor of International Relations, Central European University, Austria

    “This volume presents cutting-edge new research that shows how the ideational approach to populism can help explain its political consequences and the effectiveness of different strategies for mitigating potential threats to democracy. Recognizing that populism is typically a response to crises of democratic representation, the contributing authors break new ground in examining its effects on individual attitudes, domestic political institutions, and international politics. They also provide a cautious but hopeful appraisal of efforts to mitigate populism’s polarizing consequences. This book is essential reading for scholars who seek to understand how populism is transforming the political agenda of modern democracies.”

    Kenneth RobertsRichard J. Schwartz Professor of Government, Cornell University, USA

    “This volume demonstrates the richness of the ideational approach to populism, bringing together not only different fields in political sciences, but also different geographical regions as well as topical domains. The individual contributions remind us forcefully about the consequences of populism on the state, the individual and international level. What is most welcome is that the volume moves beyond consequences and includes a serious engagement with potential mitigation strategies to populism. It provides important contributions on how to respond to populist polarization, inter-group conflict, exclusionary narratives as well as populist misinformation. Overall, this volume is an essential read for those who want to engage with current research on populism as well as where the field is heading.”

    Saskia Ruth-LovellAssociate Professor of Resilient Democracy, Radboud University, Netherlands

    “As populism research enters a period of greater reflexivity and methodological pluralism, major approaches in the field also acquire greater sophistication and develop further their research potential. This volume highlights significant implications of populism on a variety of levels and offers innovative insights on how the ideational perspective can illuminate its consequences ranging from the individual to the state-level and, most notably, to the international plane.”

    Yannis Stavrakakis, Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece