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Populism and Corruption
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Populism and Corruption

The Other Side of the Coin

9781839109669 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Jonathan Mendilow, Professor of Political Science, Rider University, US and Chair of IPSA RC20, the Research Committee on Political Finance and Political Corruption and Éric Phélippeau, Professor of Political Science, Paris Nanterre University and member of the Institut des Sciences Sociales du Politique (ISP), France
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 83910 966 9 Extent: 304 pp
This timely book offers an in-depth analysis of the intersection between populism and corruption, addressing phenomena that have been, so far, largely treated separately. Bringing together two dynamic and well-established fields of study, it proposes a theoretical framework for the study of populism and corruption in order to update our understanding of specific forms of each in a variety of socio-political settings.

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This timely book offers an in-depth analysis of the intersection between populism and corruption, addressing phenomena that have been, so far, largely treated separately. Bringing together two dynamic and well-established fields of study, it proposes a theoretical framework for the study of populism and corruption in order to update our understanding of specific forms of each in a variety of socio-political settings.
 
International contributors consider the simultaneous growth of populist rhetoric and political corruption, suggesting systematic methods for analysing the interconnection between them. Chapters further examine the effects of socio-political and historical contexts, outlining histories of political scandals and anti-corruption crusades. Taking a cross-national perspective, the book provides case study analyses of the corruption–populism intersection under diverse political systems including Brazil, France, Israel, Mexico and the US.
 
Raising critical questions for future research into the connections between the fields, Populism and Corruption offers crucial insights for scholars, researchers and students of political science, sociology and law, particularly those interested in contemporary populist movements. It will also benefit practitioners hoping to act on recent trends in political organizing and policymakers eager to combat political corruption.
Critical Acclaim
‘Jonathan Mendilow and Eric Phélippeau have collected an excellent series of chapters on the connection of populism to corruption.’
– Chris Atkinson, Public Organization Review

‘Populist parties claim that political elites are corrupt. This book argues that they are too. Based on the systematic study of a large range of cases, grounded in a common theoretical frame, it exposes the five main types of corruption these parties practice. A brilliant demonstration, and a major contribution to the understanding of populism.’
– Nonna Mayer, Sciences Po Paris, France

‘Unfortunately, populism and corruption are key issues in contemporary worldwide public debate. Both topics separately have received much attention from the academy. However, their strong imbrication is almost under-explored. This terrific volume by distinguished international scholars covers this void. Essential reading for those concerned with the future of liberal democracy.’
– Fernando Jiménez, University of Murcia, Spain
Contributors
Contributors: Robert G. Boatright, Roman Chytilek, Ulises Flores Llanos, Edna Harel-Fisher, Rodrigo Rossi Horochovski, Ivan Jairo Junckes, Ina Kubbe, Tomislav Lendo, Irma Méndez de Hoyos, Jonathan Mendilow, Olivia Newman, Éric Phélippeau, Wagner Pralon Mancuso, Frank Louis Rusciano, Michael Shafir, Maria Eugenia Trombini, Elizangela Valarini
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Contents:

1 Introduction to Populism and Corruption 1
Jonathan Mendilow

PART I SOME FACTORS UNDERLYING THE
ASSOCIATION OF POPULISM WITH CORRUPTION
2 Populism and the corruption of pluralist governance structures 37
Frank Rusciano
3 Corrupt elites, pure people and double standards? Attitudes
of Central European populist and mainstream political
party sympathisers to systemic and individual corruption 57
Roman Chytilek

PART II POPULISM AND CORRUPTION:
A CROSS-NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
4 One man’s swamp 87
Olivia Newman
5 Populism and corruption in Israel – from a clientelist point
of view 107
Ina Kubbe and Edna Harel-Fisher
6 Populist grammar, politicians and judges: a case study of
political corruption in Brazil 128
Elizangela Valarini and Maria Eugenia Trombini
7 Corruption and populism in East-Central post-communist
Europe: the egg, the hen and the omelet 152
Michael Shafir
8 Corruption and populism in Mexico: is AMLO the same
formula against corruption? 189
Irma Méndez de Hoyos, Tomislav Lendo and Ulises Flores Llanos
9 Populist opposition in France: rhetoric vs. practical constraints 215
Éric Phélippeau

PART III TESTING POPULIST CLAIMS
10 Who pays for populism? 242
Robert G. Boatright
11 How to examine populist claims? A social network analysis 268
Rodrigo Rossi Horochovski, Wagner Pralon Mancuso and
Ivan Jairo Junckes

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