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Mudde, Cas, and Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, eds. Populism in Europe and the Americas: Threat or corrective for democracy?. Cambridge University Press, 2012.


Although ‘populism’ has become something of a buzzword in discussions about politics, it tends to be studied by country or region. This is the first book to offer a genuine cross-regional perspective on populism and its impact on democracy. By analyzing current experiences of populism in Europe and the Americas, this edited volume convincingly demonstrates that populism can be both a threat and a corrective to democracy. The contributors also demonstrate the interesting similarities between right-wing and left-wing populism: both types of populism are prone to defend a political model that is not against democracy per se, but rather at odds with liberal democracy. Populism in Europe and the Americas offers new insights into the current state of democracy from both a theoretical and an empirical point of view.

Table of contents

  • Populism and (liberal) democracy
    Cas Mudde, Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser
  • Populist parties in Belgium
    Sarah L. de Lange, Tjitske Akkerman
  • Populism and democracy in Canada’s Reform Party
    David Laycock
  • The Czech Republicans 1990–1998
    Seán Hanley
  • “To hell with your corrupt institutions!”
    Kathleen Bruhn
  • Populism in government
    Franz Fallend
  • Populism and democracy in Venezuela under Hugo Chávez
    Kenneth M. Roberts
  • Populism and competitive authoritarianism
    Steven Levitsky, James Loxton
  • Populism, democracy, and nationalism in Slovakia
    Kevin Deegan-Krause
  • Populism
    Cas Mudde, Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser

The Illiberalism Studies Program studies the different faces of illiberal politics and thought in today’s world, taking into account the diversity of their cultural context, their intellectual genealogy, the sociology of their popular support, and their implications on the international scene.