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The Populism Interviews
A Dialogue with Leading Experts

Edited By

Luca Manucci

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ISBN 9781032162669
September 9, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Populism Interviews features interviews with many of the leading experts on this most controversial of issues.

Populism is a widely debated topic, and it generates interest across the globe. As a result, a burgeoning literature deals with many aspects of populism and its links to pressing issues such as media freedom, minority rights and separation of powers. To make sense of such a complex subject, this book presents interviews with some of the leading experts on populism at the international level. Through a dialogue with important figures, this book offers the possibility to make sense of a global phenomenon in a complete and accessible way. The first section presents different theories on what populism is and is not, highlighting the differences but also the points of contact between different approaches. The second section offers an overview of the evolution of populism through history and across continents, detailing its causes and consequences. The third section deals with issues and topics connected to populism, such as environmentalism, welfare, religion, social movements and the media. Bridging theoretical approaches and empirical studies, while considering cases across space and over time, this book offers an insightful and accessible guide to the study of populism.

This volume will be of interest to all scholars, students and researchers of populism.

Table of Contents

Preface: A Long and Winding Road

Luca Manucci

Section I: What is Populism (And What is it Not)?

Luca Manucci

1. Types of Populism

Benjamin Moffitt

2. 150 Years of Populism

Hans-Georg Betz

3. Brief History of American Populism

Anton Jäger

4. The Fascist Roots of Populism

Federico Finchelstein

5. Far-right Populist Discourses

Ruth Wodak

6. The Integration of Populist Parties in Europe

Mattia Zulianello

7. Measuring Populism in Political Parties

Maurits Meijers

8. Measuring Populist Attitudes

Andrej Zaslove

9. Populist Hype

Aurelien Mondon

10. Doing Research on Populism

Matthijs Rooduijn

Section II: Cause and Consequences

Luca Manucci

11. Populist Success and Failure

Léonie de Jonge

12. Populism Vs Politics

Paul Taggart

13. Populism and Social Status

Noam Gidron

14. Populism and Polarisation

Lisa Zanotti

15. Populism and Negative Identities

Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser

16. Emotions and Populist Communication

Dominique Wirz

17. Populist Personality and Communication Style

Alessandro Nai

18. Populist Citizens and News Media

Anne Schulz

19. Populism and Social Media

Sina Blassnig

20. Populism in Power

Giorgos Venizelos

Section III: Issues and Topics

Luca Manucci

21. Populism and Nationalism

Daphne Halikiopoulou

22. Populism and Conspiracy Theories

Levente Littvay

23. Populism and Climate Change

Robert Huber

24. Populism and Foreign Policy

Ole Frahm and Dirk Lehmkuhl

25. Populism and Gender

Alessia Donà

26. Populism and Religion

Nadia Marzouki

27. Populism and Time

Nomi Claire Lazar

28. Populism and Memory

Meral Ugur-Cinar

29. Populism and Music

Melanie Schiller

30. Populism and the Covid-19 Pandemic

Nils Ringe and Lucio Rennó

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Luca Manucci is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. His previous publications include Populism and Collective Memory: Comparing Fascist Legacies in Western Europe (Routledge, 2020).


The Populism Interviews hits the sweet spot of academic knowledge presented in an easily accessible non-academic format. A highly original collection of interviews with a broad group of established and emerging populism scholars, which is both fun to read and highly informative. Enjoy!’

Cas Mudde, author of The Far Right Today

‘Research on Populism has rarely addressed populism from the scholars’ of the field perspective and, conversely, scholars on populism from different perspectives have rarely gathered to discuss the topic from different but interrelated angles. With its systematic cross-country and cross-disciplines interviewing, this volume constitutes a very valuable exception. Analytically innovative—for its articulation into definitions, causes, consequences and critical junctures—and empirically fascinating it suggests a future path for future research on populism.’

Emanuela Caiani, Associate Professor in Political Science at Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, Italy

‘Luca Manucci’s interviews provide something desperately needed in the conversation about populism: direct answers to clear questions. Whether you are approaching this topic for the first time or are part of the conversation yourself, this volume does a masterful job of introducing the major debates about populism from a cross national, generational, and disciplinary perspective. A great read and enormously informative.’

David Art, Professor of Political Science at Tufts University, USA