The Resurgence of Populism: Tackling the Crisis of Liberal Democracy
A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2021) | Viewed by 14480
Interests: migration; citizenship; nationalism; populism
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Interests: constitutional theory; comparative constitutional law; democratic theory; cultural diversity; indigenous rights; legal pluralism
The current rise of populism constitutes a fundamental challenge to liberal democracy, its established actors and institutions. The form of “agonistic politics” that populism represents thrives by claiming to represent the vox populi, the direct and genuine “voice of the people” defined by the dramatized contrast to the political elite or establishment. The normatively charged debate on whether populism is simply the polarizing, illiberal resentment of the elite or a genuine force of democratic mobilization against an unresponsive political establishment calls for a sober and empirically grounded assessment of the link between populism and democracy. This Special Issue on populism and democracy will address the following questions: What is at the core of the populist critique of democratic practice and how does it reflect structural deficiencies in contemporary liberal democracy? What do the ideologically competing forms of populist mobilization offer to address the shortcomings of and frustration with current democratic practices and institutions?
Prof. Dr. Oliver Schmidtke
Prof. Dr. Jeremy Webber
Dr. Eszter Bodnár
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