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Henley, Kenneth, and Paul Warren. “Populism, American Nationalism and Representative Democracy.” In Democracy, Populism, and Truth, pp. 193-207. Springer, Cham, 2020.


This paper provides an analysis of Trump’s populist rhetoric, drawing on the theories of Ernesto Laclau and Carl Schmitt. It links Trump’s populism to American White Nationalism and to similar nationalist populisms in Europe. It concludes with a brief sketch of possible ways to respond to populism in the context of representative institutions in the United States.

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.