What Is Populism?

What Is Populism?

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This work 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. Müller also 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 proper "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" or "the real people." - Provided by the publisher.
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780812248982
0812248988
Branch Call Number: History 320.566 Mul

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NFreaderNWPL May 29, 2017

Of the recent books on this topic, this one does the best job boiling populism down to its essence in an easily digestible format. According to Mueller, populism amounts to speaking as if there is one unified people who can be represented by the populist leader, and this leader alone. The opposite of populism is pluralism: political representation, democratic debate, and more generally a rejection of the idea that is there is only one correct way to see public affairs. Using this definition, the author makes some striking observations. For example, technocracy - government by experts - also tends to encourage the view that there is a single correct answer to political questions, and so ironically may be partly to blame for the current backlash.

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Mar 23, 2017

recommended:
Deer Hunting with Jesus : dispatches from America's class war
Joe Bageant (1946-2011)
Broadway Books, Reprint edition, 2008
pbk, ISBN-13: 9780307339379, ISBN-10: 0307339378

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