Populism: democracy's Pharmakon?

  title={Populism: democracy's Pharmakon?},
  author={S. Tormey},
  journal={Policy Studies},
  pages={260 - 273}
  • S. Tormey
  • Published 2018
  • Political Science
  • Policy Studies
  • ABSTRACT This paper seeks to resolve one of the key tensions in the literature on populism: whether populism is a threat to democracy or the best means of renewing and deepening democracy. The author argues that, rather than defining populism in terms of certain definite outcomes, we should view populism as a symptom of crisis, and one capable of producing a variety of possible effects, some positive and some negative. The argument is pursued in terms of highlighting certain shortcomings in… CONTINUE READING
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