Research Handbook on Populism


Research Handbook on Populism

9781800379688 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Yannis Stavrakakis, Professor of Political Discourse Analysis, School of Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and Giorgos Katsambekis, Researcher in Comparative Politics, Institute of Political Research, National Centre for Social Research (EKKE), Greece
Publication Date: 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80037 968 8 Extent: 604 pp
Examining one of the most hotly debated topics in contemporary politics, media and academia, the Research Handbook on Populism brings together a diverse range of academics from across the globe to provide a detailed and comprehensive overview of the developing field of populism research.

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Examining one of the most hotly debated topics in contemporary politics, media and academia, the Research Handbook on Populism brings together a diverse range of academics from across the globe to provide a detailed and comprehensive overview of the developing field of populism research.

This prescient Research Handbook highlights the crucial need for conceptual reflexivity, theoretical awareness, methodological pluralism and historical alertness as guiding principles in populism research. Chapters showcase cutting-edge research methods, from surveys to ethnography and from discourse studies to psychoanalytic political theorisation. Enacting diverse sensibilities, they explore a wealth of topics, such as digital populism, anti-populism, feminism, colonialism, the politics of emotions, populist constitutionalism, party politics, social movements, and relevant artistic practices. Offering rigorous comparative perspectives and highlighting promising avenues for future research, this Research Handbook deftly illustrates the dynamism of populism research.

The Research Handbook on Populism will be an invaluable resource for students, academics and researchers working in political theory, comparative politics and political sociology as well as those involved in populism research from across the social sciences and humanities. Providing in-depth accounts of concrete phenomena and addressing emerging challenges at a global level, it will also be of interest to professionals in journalism and a variety of national and international organizations.
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‘Populism can no longer be avoided if contemporary democracy is to be understood. This Research Handbook on Populism is fundamental to the social and political disciplines in their various subfields and methodologies, qualitative and quantitative. It indicates with rigorous critical precision the thematic nodes opened up by the study of movements and processes associated with populism, which can give us a better understanding of democracy and representation, the people and sovereignty.’
– Nadia Urbinati, Columbia University, US

‘A masterful volume that represents the very best of populism studies. Up-to-date and on the cutting-edge conceptually and empirically, this should be the first stop for anyone wanting to know what populism is; what it looks like across the world; where it came from; and importantly, where it is heading.’
– Benjamin Moffitt, Australian Catholic University

‘Tracing back to its origins in ancient Greece and Rome, this monumental Handbook is the best introduction to today’s populism. Mixing methods and disciplines, it compares populism''s exclusionist and inclusionist varieties across continents to brilliantly capture the complexities of the phenomenon and its ambivalent relationship with democracy.’
– Nonna Mayer, Sciences Po, France

‘While contemporary populism research is best characterized by disciplinary, epistemological, and normative entrenchment, this volume unapologetically ushers in an expanded and more mature research program that is pluralistic, critical, and reflexive. With case studies spanning centuries and crossing more disciplines than any prior work, this Research Handbook is a true landmark.’
– Levente Littvay, HUN-REN Centre for Social Sciences, Hungary
Contributors: Michaelangelo Anastasiou, Ioannis Andreadis, Paris Aslanidis, Petar Bankov, Giovanni Barbieri, Paula Biglieri, Katy Brown, Luciana Cadahia, Maria Esperanza Casullo, Angelos Chryssogelos, Annie Collovald, Nicole Curato, Jacopo Custodi, Benjamin De Cleen, Donatella della Porta, Mario Dunkel, Emmy Eklundh, Dani Filc, Paolo Gerbaudo, Marcello Gisondi, Jason Glynos, Norbert Götz, Jana Goyvaerts, Simona Guerra, Niko Hatakka, Anton Jäger, Akritas Kaidatzis, Giorgos Katsambekis, Seongcheol Kim, Alexandros Kioupkiolis, Paul Lucardie, William Mazzarella, Grigoris Markou, Aurelien Mondon, Yiannis Mylonas, Geneviève Nootens, Pierre Ostiguy, Enrico Padoan, Emilia Palonen, Panos Panayotu, Konstantinos Papastathis, Marcos Emilio Pérez, Martín Portos, Charles Postel, Patricia Rehus, Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, Cristóbal Sandoval, Anna Schwenck,   Sishuwa Sishuwa,Yannis Stavrakakis, Liv Sunnercrantz, Federico Tarragoni, Lasse Thomassen, Myrto Tsakatika, Maria Tsigkou, Simon Tunderman, Steven M. Van Hauwaert, Giorgos Venizelos, Savvas Voutyras, Linus Westheuser,Kurt Weyland, Ruth Wodak, Dakila Kim P. Yee, Lisa Zanotti, Thomás Zicman de Barros

Advisory Board: Chantal Mouffe (University of Westminster), Pierre Ostiguy (Universidad de Valparaiso), Kenneth Roberts (Cornell University), Ruth Wodak (Lancaster University and University of Vienna)


Introduction: populism’s enduring relevance and the challenges ahead 1
Yannis Stavrakakis and Giorgos Katsambekis

1 Populism, democracy and ‘the people’ 11
Geneviève Nootens
2 The populism–nationalism nexus 23
Michaelangelo Anastasiou and Jacopo Custodi
3 Anti-populism, meritocracy and (technocratic) elitism 35
Savvas Voutyras

4 Populist sensibilities before ‘populism’: populism’s historic predecessors 49
Federico Tarragoni
5 The Russian populism of the Narodniki: contexts, affinities and legacies 61
Yiannis Mylonas and Simona Guerra
6 Populism and anti-populism in the United States 72
Charles Postel
7 Peronism and its legacy 84
Paula Biglieri
8 Patterns in Italian populism: from the Common Man’s Front to the Five
Star Movement 95
Marcello Gisondi
9 From Poujade to Jean-Marie Le Pen to Marine Le Pen: a populist
lineage in France? 106
Annie Collovald

10 Richard Hofstadter, modernization theory and the birth of a global
populism debate 118
Anton Jäger
11 Margaret Canovan, populist gadfly 131
Paris Aslanidis
12 Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe and the discursive approach 142
Lasse Thomassen
13 Populism as a political strategy 154
Kurt Weyland
14 The ideational approach to populism 166
Lisa Zanotti
15 The socio-cultural approach: toward a cultural class analysis of populist
appeals 178
Linus Westheuser and Pierre Ostiguy

16 Political economy 193
Simon Tunderman
17 International relations and foreign policy 204
Angelos Chryssogelos
18 Ethnography 216
Marcos Emilio Pérez
19 Populist constitutionalism 226
Akritas Kaidatzis
20 History: the moral economy perspective 239
Norbert Götz and Emilia Palonen
21 Discourse studies 251
Ruth Wodak

22 Populism and political parties 267
Giovanni Barbieri
23 Populism and social movements 278
Donatella della Porta and Martín Portos
24 Populist leadership and charisma 291
William Mazzarella
25 Populist political communication 303
Niko Hatakka
26 Populism and emotions 314
Emmy Eklundh
27 Psychoanalytic political theorization 325
Thomás Zicman de Barros
28 Populism through surveys: personality, attitudes and behaviour 336
Patricia Rehus, Maria Tsigkou, Steven M. Van Hauwaert and
Ioannis Andreadis

29 Left and right 348
María Esperanza Casullo
30 In opposition and in government 360
Giorgos Venizelos and Grigoris Markou
31 Populist democracy or populist dictatorship? 373
Paul Lucardie
32 National and transnational 385
Panos Panayotu

33 Latin America 398
Enrico Padoan
34 Europe: North and South 410
Petar Bankov and Myrto Tsakatika
35 Central and Eastern Europe 422
Seongcheol Kim
36 Populism in Southeast Asia 433
Dakila Kim P. Yee and Nicole Curato
37 Populism in Africa 444
Sishuwa Sishuwa

38 Gender, feminism and populism 457
Luciana Cadahia
39 Populism and religion 469
Konstantinos Papastathis
40 Populism and the commons 481
Alexandros Kioupkiolis
41 Colonialism and populism 494
Dani Filc
42 Digital populism 506
Paolo Gerbaudo
43 Populism, music and the arts 516
Anna Schwenck and Mario Dunkel
44 The populist hype 527
Jana Goyvaerts, Katy Brown, Aurelien Mondon, Jason Glynos and
Benjamin De Cleen
45 Diffusion and global circulation of populist discourse 540
Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser and Cristóbal Sandoval
46 Experts and populism in the context of COVID-19 551
Liv Sunnercrantz

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