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Rethinking Populism: Politics, Mediatisation and Political Style
As a key feature of the contemporary political landscape, populism stands as one of the most contentious concepts in political science. This article presents a critique of dominant conceptions of
The Global Rise of Populism: Performance, Political Style, and Representation
Once seen as a fringe phenomenon, populism is back. While some politicians and media outlets present it as dangerous to the U.S., Europe, and Latin America, others hail it as the fix for broken dem
How to Perform Crisis: A Model for Understanding the Key Role of Crisis in Contemporary Populism
  • B. Moffitt
  • Political Science
    Government and Opposition
  • 29 May 2014
A focus on crisis is a mainstay of the literature on contemporary populism. However, the links between populism and crisis remain under-theorized and undeveloped. This article puts forward a novel
The Populism/Anti-Populism Divide in Western Europe
  • B. Moffitt
  • Political Science, Sociology
    Democratic Theory
  • 1 December 2018
While the rise of populism in Western Europe over the past three decades has received a great deal of attention in the academic and popular literature, less attention has been paid to the rise of its
Straddling the divide: mainstream populism and conservatism in Howard's Australia and Harper's Canada
This paper builds on the insights of Sawer and Laycock (2009) to explore similarities in the use of populist discourse by former Australian Prime John Howard and current Canadian Prime Minister
Transnational Populism? Representative Claims, Media and the Difficulty of Constructing a Transnational “People”
What does populism look like beyond the nation-state? This article introduces the concept of transnational populism as a way of understanding how populists construct “the people” above the national
Liberal Illiberalism? The Reshaping of the Contemporary Populist Radical Right in Northern Europe
  • B. Moffitt
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • 29 December 2017
Populism, particularly in its radical right-wing variants, is often posited as antithetical to the principles of liberalism. Yet a number of contemporary cases of populist radical right parties from
The Potentials and Difficulties of Transnational Populism: The Case of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25)
The Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25), launched by former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, seeks to construct a transnational left political project to ‘democratise Europe’. Its
Cultural Marxism: far-right conspiracy theory in Australia’s culture wars
ABSTRACT As a conspiracy promoted by the far-right, Cultural Marxism has gained ground over the past quarter century. In its dominant iteration, the US-originating conspiracy holds that a small group