Populism in Central and eatsern Europe - A Threat to Democracy or just Political Folklore?
Populism in Central and Eastern Europe - A Threat to Democracy or just Political Folklore?
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA)
Keywords: "hard" populism; "soft" populism; Central and Eastern Europe; populist challenge
Summary/Abstract: The article focuses on the phenomenon of populism in Central and Eastern Europe by examining the dynamics and distinctive features of populism or “populisms” in this part of Europe. The remarks in the text refer to what has been called the “New Europe”, i.e. those CEE countries that joined the EU in May 2004. As the author argues, populism in Central and Eastern Europe is neither a threat to democracy nor just political folklore. None of the factors characteristic for political life in the region preordains a strong wave of populism sweeping away competitive democracy or societal pluralism, but there is a permanent “populist challenge”.
- Issue Year: VI/2005
- Issue No: 01
- Page Range: 6 - 16
- Page Count: 11
- Language: English