The State as a Firm: Understanding the Autocratic Roots of Technocratic Populism

@article{Butkov2019TheSA,
  title={The State as a Firm: Understanding the Autocratic Roots of Technocratic Populism},
  author={Lenka Bu{\vs}t{\'i}kov{\'a} and P. Guasti},
  journal={East European Politics & Societies and Cultures},
  year={2019},
  volume={33},
  pages={302 - 330}
}
Why, when, and how does populism emerge in a stable democracy? This article investigates the political logic and ideological appeal of a rarely explored form of populism: technocratic populism. Technocratic populism uses the appeal of technical expertise to connect directly with the people, promising to run the state as a firm, while at the same time delegitimizing political opponents and demobilizing the electorate by instilling civic apathy. Technocratic populism is an anti-elite ideology… Expand
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