Populism, the ‘people’ and the illusion of democracy – The Front National and UKIP in a comparative context

  title={Populism, the ‘people’ and the illusion of democracy – The Front National and UKIP in a comparative context},
  author={Aur{\'e}lien Mondon},
  journal={French Politics},
The 2014 European elections confirmed the prominence in the media of what is commonly called the far right. While parties such as the Front National and UKIP were successful in the elections, their performance has since been exaggerated and they have benefited from a disproportionate coverage. Aiding their apparently ‘irresistible rise’, their normalisation was greatly facilitated by their description as ‘populist’ parties. However, while this term ‘populism’ has been almost universally… Expand
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