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The populist phenomenon
Author/s: Nadia Urbinati 
Year:  2015 Issue: 52 Language: Italian 
Pages:  16 Pg. 47-62 FullText PDF:  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, The populist phenomenon in "SOCIETÀ DEGLI INDIVIDUI (LA)" 52/2015, pp. 47-62, DOI:10.3280/LAS2015-052005


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