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Populist politics and the politics of “populism”: The radical right in Western Europe

De Cleen, Benjamin and Glynos, Leonidas and Mondon, Aurelien (2020) 'Populist politics and the politics of “populism”: The radical right in Western Europe.' In: Ostiguy, Pierre and Panizza, Francisco and Moffitt, Benjamin, (eds.) Populism in Global Perspective: A Performative and Discursive Approach. Routledge. ISBN 9780367626563

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Abstract

Populism in Western Europe has been especially associated with the radical right. This chapter focuses on the role the concept of populism should play in our understanding of populist radical right (PRR) parties and on the role the signifier “populism” should play in assessing reactions to these parties by the press, other political actors, and academia. The authors challenge the prominent tendency to attach major importance to the PRR’s populism or even to reduce our understanding of the PRR as essentially or predominantly populist. Somewhat paradoxically, they argue that in order to better understand the nature, role and impact of populism in Western Europe, the concept of populism needs to play a less central part in analyses of populist parties. They also stress the need to reflect more on the performative effects of European discourses about populism—understood as a signifier—on the diagnoses of and strategies against the PRR.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2021 16:06
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2021 16:06
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29462

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