Populism and Democracy: Challenge or Pathology?

  title={Populism and Democracy: Challenge or Pathology?},
  author={T. Akkerman},
  journal={Acta Politica},
  • T. Akkerman
  • Published 2003
  • Sociology
  • Acta Politica
  • The recent success of radical right-wing parties in Western democracies is quite amazing, given their unimpressive history in the post-war period. These new parties are sometimes referred to as ‘populist’ parties. It is not surprising then that this wave of populist politics has incited a renewed academic interest in populism as an empirical phenomenon and in populism as a concept. I will first look at the definitions of populism, as there is no consensus among the authors under review what… CONTINUE READING
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