What Is Populism?

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Penguin Books, Limited, Nov 2, 2017 - Democracy - 160 pages
Donald Trump, Silvio Berlusconi, Marine Le Pen, Hugo Chavez -- populists are on the rise across the globe. But what exactly is populism? Should everyone who criticizes Wall Street or Washington be called a populist? What precisely is the difference between right-wing and left-wing populism? Who are "the people" anyway and who can speak in their name? These questions have never been more pressing. In this provocative book, Jan-Werner M ller argues that at populism's core is a rejection of pluralism. Populists will always claim that they and they alone represent the people and their true interests. Proposing a number of concrete strategies for how liberal democrats should best deal with populists, M ller shows how to counter their claims to speak exclusively for "the silent majority".

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A wonderful book about this modern political phenomenon. The author argues that the core claim of populism is moralized antipluralism. A populist leader claims to be a spokesperson for the common ... Read full review

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User Review  - RajivC - LibraryThing

This may be called an excellent primer to populism. For many of us, who call leaders populist, in our daily speech, there has never been a clear definition, or guideline, to defining what it is. This ... Read full review

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About the author (2017)

Jan-Werner M ller is Professor of Politics at Princeton University and the author of several books, most recently Contesting Democracy- Political Ideas in Twentieth Century Europe. He contributes regularly to London Review of Books, the Guardian, and the New York Review of Books.

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