Populism and the Mirror of Democracy

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Francisco Panizza
Verso, 2005 - Political Science - 358 pages
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Populism raises awkward questions about modern forms of democracy. It often represents the ugly face of the people. It is neither the highest form of democracy nor its enemy. It is, rather, a mirror in which democracy may contemplate itself, warts and all, in a discovery of itself and what it lacks.This definitive collection, edited by one of the worlds pre-eminent authorities on populism, Francisco Panizza, combines theoretical essays with a number of specially commissioned case studies on populist politics in the US, Britain, Canada, Western Europe, Palestine, Latin America and South Africa. A broadly shared understanding of the nature of populism gives the book a coherence rarely found in collective works and enhances the richness of the case studies.
 

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Contents

Populism and the Mirror of Democracy
1
Whats in a Name?
32
The End of Polities and the Challenge of Rightwing Populism
50
Populism as an Internal Periphery of Democratic Politics
72
A Failed Populist Project
99
Populism and the New Right in English Canada
172
Populism or Popular Democracy? The DDF Workerism
202
Religion and Populism in Contemporary Greece
224
The Discursive Continuities of the Menemist Rupture
250
Notes
275
Bibliography
317
List of contributors
339
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About the author (2005)

Francisco Panizza is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has written extensively on populism and democracy in contemporary Latin America and is currently working on a book on politics and modernity in the region.

Ernesto Laclau is Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Government, University of Essex, and Distinguished Professor for Humanities and Rhetorical Studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of, amongst other works, Hegemony and Socialist Strategy (with Chantal Mouffe), New Reflections of the Revolution of Our Time, The Populist Reason, Contingency, Hegemony, Universality (with Judith Butler and Slavoj Zizek), and Emancipation(s).

Chantal Mouffe is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster. Her books include The Return of the Political; Hegemony and Socialist Strategy (with Ernesto Laclau); The Dimensions of Radical Democracy; Gramsci and Marxist Theory; Deconstruction and Pragmatism; The Democratic Paradox; and The Challenge of Carl Schmitt, all from Verso.

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