The populist phenomenon

Author/s Nadia Urbinati
Publishing Year 2015 Issue 2015/52 Language Italian
Pages 16 P. 47-62 File size 83 KB
DOI 10.3280/LAS2015-052005
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The paper advances an analytical rendering of populism and argues that the components that make it a recognizable phenomenon are simplification and polarization of political divisions in the view of achieving a deeper unification of the masses against the existing élite and under an organic narrative that most of the time a leader embodies. Populism is thus internal to and a challenge of representative democracy; it competes with it on the meaning and practice of representation since aims at a more genuine identification between the represented and the representatives. After a premise on the distinction between a popular movement and populism, the paper argues that to better understand this phenomenon we should situate it within the republican as Roman tradition.

Nadia Urbinati, Il pensiero populista in "SOCIETÀ DEGLI INDIVIDUI (LA)" 52/2015, pp 47-62, DOI: 10.3280/LAS2015-052005