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Twenty-First Century Populism

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Over the last decade, the main area of sustained populist growth has been Western Europe, with populist movements reaching new heights in countries such as France, Italy, Austria and Holland. Twenty-First Century Populism analyses this phenomenon by looking at the conditions facilitating the emergence and success of populism in specific national contexts and then examining why populism has flourished or floundered in those countries. The book also discusses the degree to which populism has affected mainstream ...

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Overview

Over the last decade, the main area of sustained populist growth has been Western Europe, with populist movements reaching new heights in countries such as France, Italy, Austria and Holland. Twenty-First Century Populism analyses this phenomenon by looking at the conditions facilitating the emergence and success of populism in specific national contexts and then examining why populism has flourished or floundered in those countries. The book also discusses the degree to which populism has affected mainstream politics in Western Europe and examines the inter-relationship between populism, political parties, the media and democracy. Containing chapters by a series of country experts and renowned political scientists from across the continent, this volume is the first to offer an in-depth account of the reasons behind the populist wave in twenty-first century Europe.

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Editorial Reviews

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"It is not always the case that the most recent book is a better book. But this is surely the case with this work. For a long time we have spoken of demagogy, now we speak more and more of populism. Are these different labels for the same thing? While this issue still needs to be probed, Albertazzi and McDonnell have assembled a well organized and surely outstanding analysis of a truly topical matter." — Giovanni Sartori, Professor Emeritus, Columbia University

"Twenty-First Century Populism is a highly impressive assessment of the state and character of contemporary European populism. Comprehensive and insightful, it combines valuable conceptual interpretations with a close analysis of different national experiences. This is essential reading for students of political parties and political culture in Europe today." — Peter Mair, Professor of Comparative Politics, European University Institute, Italy

"This extraordinary and timely book shows us how modern democracy throughout Europe is threatened and corrupted by modern populists. The analysis is brilliant, profound and deeply worrying." — Sir Bernard Crick, Emeritus Professor of Birkbeck College, University of London, UK

"For academics, jourbanalists or students of democratic politics, populism is a puzzle which defies the traditional boundaries of political mobilization, party structures and programmes, values and policies. The very concept of democracy is challenged by the various forms of populism. The great merit of Albertazzi and McDonnell's book is that it sheds further light on and helps to better understand this puzzle. It is a cornerstone in the construction of the phenomenology and theory of populism." — Yves Mény, President of the European University Institute, Florence, Italy

"The theoretical discussions on democracy are quite worthwhile... Recommended." —CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230013490
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

DANIELE ALBERTAZZI is Senior Lecturer in European Media at the University of Birmingham, UK, where he leads the Culture, Society and Communication programmes. His research focuses on political communication, as well as Italian and Swiss politics. Daniele is currently co-editing (with Clodagh Brook, Charlotte Ross and Nina Rothenberg) Resisting the Tide: Cultures of Opposition during the Berlusconi Years (forthcoming) and (with Paul Cobley) The Media: An Introduction, third edition (forthcoming).

DUNCAN McDONNELL is a research fellow at the Department of Political Studies, University of Turin, Italy, where he is working on projects examining the changes in Italian subnational politics over the last two decades and the relationship between populism, civil society and direct democracy.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Sceptre and the Spectre; D.Albertazzi & D.McDonnell
PART I
Populism and Democracy; G.Pasquino
Politics against Democracy: Party Withdrawal and Populist Breakthrough; A.Mastropaolo
Populism and the Media; G.Mazzoleni

PART II
Austria: The Structure and Agency of Austrian Populism; R.Heinisch
Italy: A Country of Many Populisms; M.Tarchi
Switzerland: Yet another Populist Paradise; D.Albertazzi
Germany: Right-wing Populist Failures and Left-wing Successes; F.Decker
Sweden: The Scandinavian Exception; J.Rydgren
The Netherlands: Populism versus Pillarization; P.Lucardie
France: The Front National, Ethnonationalism and Populism; J.Rydgren
Britain: Imperial Legacies, Institutional Constraints and New Political Opportunities; S.Fella
The Republic of Ireland: The Dog That Hasn't Barked in the Night?; D.McDonnell
Conclusions: Populism and Twenty-first Century Western European Democracy; D.Albertazzi & D.McDonnell

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