Corpus ID: 201108509

Populists as Strangers : How the ‘ politics of the extraordinary ’ challenges representative democracy in Europe

  title={Populists as Strangers : How the ‘ politics of the extraordinary ’ challenges representative democracy in Europe},
  author={Josefine Graef},
This paper elaborates on the idea that populist actors simultaneously seek and are considered to be ‘different’ from ‘ordinary’ democratic politics. Drawing in particular on Simmel’s notion of the ‘stranger’, I argue that contemporary populism in Europe is best conceived of as a balanced strategy rooted in everyday performances of extraordinariness in relation to the representativedemocratic order. These performances intentionally oscillate between the poles of sameness and difference… Expand
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  • C. Mudde
  • Sociology
  • Government and Opposition
  • 2004
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