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Populism with no leaders

Is left-wing populism the best response to right-wing populism? An interview with Paolo Gerbaudo on 'citizenism' - the defining political movement of this generation.

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See also: Populism and European democracy Giorgos Katsambekis and Yannis Stavrakakis

Donald Trump and the return of class

“What is happening in the politics of the US particularly, but also in other countries, is that identity in a form of nationality or ethnicity or race has become a proxy for class.”

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See also: Populism in Europe: a primer by Cas Mudde

The Slovenian United Left: shapeshifter

Overlooked by many in Europe, a quickly growing radical left party in Slovenia is providing an example to movement and party builders across the continent.

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See also: The demophobes and the great fear of populism by Philippe Marliere

The fall of 'Actually Existing Liberalism'

A few decades after the fall of ‘actually existing socialism’, we are experiencing the fall of ‘actually existing liberalism’, so to speak. How should the left approach this historical moment?

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See also: Populism, nationalism and transnationalism by Benjamin De Cleen


Populism and fraternity in Portugal

There are moments of truth in which, due to some sort of blip in the functioning of the oligarchic system that governs our present world, we glimpse another humane populism.

What causes the populist infection? How can it be cured?

In all countries, established political parties have the dangerous propensity to counter this electoral wave of populism by adopting the issues and language used by them.

The mystery of ‘populism’ finally unveiled

The philosopher of post-Fascism enters the populism fray with his own candidate for post-truth – Left betrayal. Czech.

The strange death of social democracy in Europe

What happened to social democratic parties in Europe? And what is coming to take their place?

Populism, popularity and political leadership

Is a stance against the political, economic and cultural ‘elites’ a sufficient condition for populism?

Finally, an end to the cold war?

The much-needed new relationship with the citizenry must involve an end to the conjuring up of an external enemy and the promotion of a “new cold war”.

Populism with no leaders: the rise of 'citizenism' and how to understand it

Is left-wing populism the best response to right-wing populism? An interview with Paolo Gerbaudo on 'citizenism' - the defining political movement of this generation. Español

Syriza and ANEL: a match made in Greece

Are we seeing the convergence of Syriza and their right-wing coalition partners, ANEL, into a single party?

Donald Trump and the return of class: an interview with Francis Fukuyama

“What is happening in the politics of the US particularly, but also in other countries, is that identity in a form of nationality or ethnicity or race has become a proxy for class.”

The Slovenian United Left: from protest to movement, and from movement to party

Overlooked by many in Europe, a quickly growing radical left party in Slovenia is providing an example to movement and party builders across the continent.

Radical left strategies in the era of the collapse of 'Actually Existing Liberalism'

A few decades after the fall of ‘actually existing socialism’, we are experiencing the fall of ‘actually existing liberalism’, so to speak. How should the left approach this historical moment?

'Populism' and 'counter-populism' in the Atlantic mirror

There are three major lessons for we Europeans in the US presidential elections. They necessarily lead us towards the imagining of a transnational counter-populism.

Fear of populism is hollowing out Europe’s leadership on refugees

Even where populists don’t win power through the ballot box, they gain it through shaping policy and public debate. 

No blank checks for Europe’s populists

The populist turn in the West since the global economic crisis is undermining Europe’s liberal democratic model. But are illiberal ideas really as popular as they seem?

John Dewey’s ‘intelligent populism’: beyond Brexit, Trump and post-truth

Both left and right populism are based on a low opinion of public intelligence (an assumption, incidentally, shared with neoliberalism). What is needed is an ‘intelligent populism’.

Populism and the return of the political

"A future you can believe in" is the reverse of "Make America great again", because it doesn’t retreat into moral rejection or resistance politics.

The populist challenge

Does the fight against post-democracy require a populist political intervention?  Español

Populism, the era of Trump and the rise of the far right

Several reasons for opening our eyes to the new/old politics of identity.

Against (the concept of) populism

The longstanding western fear of the people is central to representative democracy as it is understood today.

The defeat of inclusionary populism in Greece: what happens next?

The neo-colonial logic of the EU has helped trigger the formation of inclusionary populism in Greece once again. But it is no clearer for any populists in power how to implement radical policies.

Institutionalizing populism

A ‘national conversation’ about important matters is becoming almost impossible under these circumstances. Half the population does not want to listen.

Populism is also ordinary

Populism is something like an inevitable symptom of the innate limits that are constitutive of liberal democracies.

The populist moment

The 'demos', the sovereign people, has been declared a 'zombie' category and this is why we now live in 'post-democratic' societies. Português Español

Populism, nationalism and transnationalism

An interview with Benjamin de Cleen, Assistant Professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, on nationalism vs populism in Europe, the Flemish far-right and the limits of the cordon sanitaire.

Brexit and the rise of populism

Populist nationalisms are replacing social democracy and Christian democracy across Europe. But we cannot, and should not, attempt to resuscitate these traditional models of governance.

Are Syriza progressive reformers or cynical populists?

Syriza's approach to both European and domestic issues has shown the party more interested in power and self-preservation than in reform.

Populism in Europe: a primer

EU President Herman van Rompuy has called populism "the greatest danger for Europe". But what exactly is populism? And why are EU leaders feeling so threatened by it?

The gardener, the grapes and the thorns: the backbone of Europe's future

Populism is now in an orbit of frontal collision with European and national institutions of democracy as developed today, demanding a reinvigoration of 'popular sovereignty.'

Five Star Movement’s natural ally in Strasbourg is Podemos

Beppe Grillo doesn’t suffer fools gladly – why did he ally with UKIP then?

Viktor Orban and the rise of the populist right...right?

Viktor Orban, like European populists in general, is neither of the right nor the left. He is a child of both.

Creating the people: an interview with Aurelien Mondon on populism

Populism is a political style whereby the populist creates her/his ‘people’ according to her/his ideological goals. ‘The people’ therefore can take many shapes and forms and be used in both inclusive and exclusive ways.

Far-right violence in Greece: an effective response

More democracy and power to the people is a good starting point. Democracy is not weak or defenseless in Greece and freedom of thought and ideology are the essence of democracy.

Naming the political game in Turkey: populism

Turkey elected its first president through direct suffrage; so what can we expect now? It is populism that is increasingly in charge of Turkey's politics -  not any one person.

A gay Marxist meets the Tea Party in California

Is the fabled “center-ground” of politics worth striving for if the real beneficiary is crony capitalism? This is the fifth piece in our series on trans-partisan politics.

Russell Brand, populism and a collapsing centre

Russell Brand said nothing unusual in his interview with Jeremy Paxman and yet it's been watched over 9m times and the debate is still raging. Why?

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