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Manucci, Luca, ed. The Populism Interviews: A Dialogue with Leading Experts. Taylor & Francis, 2022.


The Populism Interviews features interviews with many of the leading experts on this most controversial of issues.

Populism is a widely debated topic, and it generates interest across the globe. As a result, a burgeoning literature deals with many aspects of populism and its links to pressing issues such as media freedom, minority rights and separation of powers. To make sense of such a complex subject, this book presents interviews with some of the leading experts on populism at the international level. Through a dialogue with important figures, this book offers the possibility to make sense of a global phenomenon in a complete and accessible way. The first part presents different theories on what populism is and is not, highlighting the differences but also the points of contact between different approaches. The second part offers an overview of the evolution of populism through history and across continents, detailing its causes and consequences. The third part deals with issues and topics connected to populism, such as environmentalism, welfare, religion, social movements and the media. Bridging theoretical approaches and empirical studies, while considering cases across space and over time, this book offers an insightful and accessible guide to the study of populism.

This volume will be of interest to all scholars, students and researchers of populism.

Table of Contents:

Preface: A Long and Winding Road

Section I: What Is Populism (And What Is It Not)?

  1. Types of Populism – Benjamin Moffitt
  2. 150 Years of Populism – Hans-Georg Betz
  3. Brief History of American Populism – Anton Jäger
  4. The Fascist Roots of Populism – Federico Finchelstein
  5. Far-right Populist Discourses – Ruth Wodak
  6. The Integration of Populist Parties in Europe – Mattia Zulianello
  7. Measuring Populism in Political Parties – Maurits Meijers
  8. Measuring Populist Attitudes – Andrej Zaslove
  9. Populist Hype – Aurelien Mondon
  10. Doing Research on Populism – Matthijs Rooduijn

Section II: Cause and Consequences

  1. Populist Success and Failure – Léonie de Jonge
  2. Populism Vs Politics – Paul Taggart
  3. Populism and Social Status – Noam Gidron
  4. Populism and Polarisation – Lisa Zanotti
  5. Populism and Negative Identities – Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser
  6. Emotions and Populist Communication – Dominique Wirz
  7. Populist Personality and Communication Style – Alessandro Nai
  8. Populist Citizens and News Media – Anne Schulz
  9. Populism and Social Media – Sina Blassnig
  10. Populism in Power – Giorgos Venizelos

Section III: Issues and Topics

  1. Populism and Nationalism – Daphne Halikiopoulou
  2. Populism and Conspiracy Theories – Levente Littvay
  3. Populism and Climate Change – Robert Huber
  4. Populism and Foreign Policy – Ole Frahm and Dirk Lehmkuhl
  5. Populism and Gender – Alessia Donà
  6. Populism and Religion – Nadia Marzouki
  7. Populism and Time – Nomi Claire Lazar
  8. Populism and Memory – Meral Ugur-Cinar
  9. Populism and Music – Melanie Schiller
  10. Populism and the Covid-19 Pandemic – Nils Ringe and Lucio Rennó

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