1st Edition

The Populism Interviews A Dialogue with Leading Experts

Edited By Luca Manucci Copyright 2023
    204 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    204 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 part presents different theories on what populism is and is not, highlighting the differences but also the points of contact between different approaches. The second part offers an overview of the evolution of populism through history and across continents, detailing its causes and consequences. The third part 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.

    Preface: A Long and Winding Road

    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


    Luca Manucci is Postdoctoral Researcher at the at the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon (ICS-UL), 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