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Friedman, Jeffrey, ed. New Perspectives on Populism. Taylor & Francis, 2022.


Populism has taken the world by storm—but what is it? In this volume, twelve political scientists and political theorists approach this question from a variety of new perspectives, empirical and theoretic, covering populism around the world. In addition to chapters on populism in Eastern Europe and Britain, six authors analyse populism in the United States, treating it, variously, as a reaction against technocracy, a form of technocracy, a manifestation of regional and class norms, a violent ideological import, and (potentially) a progressive democratic phenomenon. All the contributors attempt to understand populists on their own terms rather than reducing populism to a psychological or structural phenomenon.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Critical Review.

Table of Contents

  1. Can the EU Stop Eastern Europe’s Illiberal Turn? – Hilary Appel
  2. Populism and Presidential Representation – Jeremy D. Bailey
  3. Populism in America: Christopher Lasch, bell hooks, and the Persistence of Democratic Possibility – Will Barndt
  4. The Plague of Bannonism – Ronald Beiner
  5. Populists as Technocrats – Jeffrey Friedman
  6. Liberal Democracy, National Identity Boundaries, and Populist Entry Points – Sara Wallace Goodman
  7. Brexit, Positional Populism, and the Declining Appeal of Valence Politics – Colin Hay and Cyril Benoît
  8. Trump: New Populist or Old Democrat? – Stephanie Muravchik and Jon A. Shields
  9. The Border Wall as a Populist Challenge – Paulina Ochoa Espejo
  10. Of Scribes and Tribes: Progressive Politics and the Populist Challenge – Bernard Yack

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.