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Berti, Carlo, Carlo Ruzza, and Paolo Cossarini. The Impact of Populism on European Institutions and Civil Society. 1st ed. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2021.


  • Offers an all-encompassing picture of how EU-level institutions and NGOs are being impacted and influenced by populism
  • Investigates the responses to populism in terms of discourses, practices, and policy-making
  • Brings together academic research and direct practitioners’ experience

Table of contents

Front Matter
Pages i-xvii
The Impact of Populism on the European Union: ‘The People’ and the Brussels Bubble
Paolo Cossarini, Carlo Ruzza, Carlo Berti
Pages 1-17
The European Union Facing the Populist Wave
Front Matter
Pages 19-19
The Populist-Eurosceptic Mix: Conceptual Distinctions, Ideational Linkages and Internal Differentiation
Emanuele Massetti
Pages 21-44
Populism and European Institutions: A Historical Perspective
Roberto Santaniello
Pages 45-66
The Impact of Populism on European Institutions
Front Matter
Pages 67-67
The Discursive Construction of Migration and Democracy in the European Parliament: A Model of Reciprocal Influence Between Populists and Non-populists Through Polarization and Fragmentation
Carlo Berti
Pages 69-91
The Politicisation of the European Union and the Role of the European Parliament: Opportunities, Risks and Limitations
Markus Warasin
Pages 93-118
The European Parliament’s Treatment of Religion in Times of Populism
Alberta Giorgi
Pages 119-145
The European Commission and Reactions to the ‘Populist Turn’ in Anti-discrimination Policy
Carlo Ruzza
Pages 147-171
The Impact of Populism on European Civil Society
Front Matter
Pages 173-173
Facing the Threat of Populism: How the European Commission Can Reconnect with Citizens
Assya Kavrakova
Pages 175-196
Civil Society as Anti-Populism? Countering the Populist Threat and Campaigning for Change in the Discourse of EU-Level CSOs
Paolo Cossarini
Pages 197-218
The Interaction Among Populism, Civil Society Organisations and European Institutions
Pierluigi Brombo
Pages 219-242
Europeanize to Resist: Civil Society vs. Populism
Luisa Chiodi
Pages 243-261
Conclusions: Bursting the Brussels Bubble—How the Impact of Populism Can Be Exploited to Make the European Union Better
Carlo Berti, Carlo Ruzza, Paolo Cossarini
Pages 263-273
Back Matter
Pages 275-279

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