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What is populism? /

by Müller, Jan-Werner.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2016Description: 123 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780812248982; 0812248988; .Subject(s): Populism | Democracy -- Philosophy | Political science -- Philosophy
Contents:
What populists say -- What populists do, or populism in power -- How to deal with populists -- Conclusion. Seven theses on populism.
Summary: This work argues that at populism's core is a rejection of pluralism. Populists will always claim that they alone represent the people. The author shows that, contrary to conventional wisdom, populists can govern on the basis of their claim to exclusive moral representation of the people: if populists have enough power, they will end up creating an authoritarian state that excludes all those not considered part of the 'people'. The book proposes a number of concrete strategies for how liberal democrats should best deal with populists and, in particular, how to counter their claims to speak exclusively for 'the silent majority'.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 105-119).

What populists say -- What populists do, or populism in power -- How to deal with populists -- Conclusion. Seven theses on populism.

This work argues that at populism's core is a rejection of pluralism. Populists will always claim that they alone represent the people. The author shows that, contrary to conventional wisdom, populists can govern on the basis of their claim to exclusive moral representation of the people: if populists have enough power, they will end up creating an authoritarian state that excludes all those not considered part of the 'people'. The book proposes a number of concrete strategies for how liberal democrats should best deal with populists and, in particular, how to counter their claims to speak exclusively for 'the silent majority'.

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