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The Populist Zeitgeist in Today’s Europe
The Populist Zeitgeist in Today’s Europe

Author(s): Cas Mudde
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Фондация за хуманитарни и социални изследвания - София
Keywords: Zeitgeist; populism; ideology; politics; culture; media; defending dmocracy; liberal autocracy

Summary/Abstract: I am thinking about what is the challenge of populism: Is it an opportunity or is it a threat? To answer this question, we have to make a distinction between populism as an ideology, and populism as a style. My position would be that even though, theoretically, populism as an ideology is a key threat, in practice, today in Europe, populism as a style is the main threat. Let me explain. Without going into a detailed discussion of the definition of populism as an ideology and as a style, I will say that here I use the term ‘populism’ as what is called a ‘fan-centred ideology’ – which means that it is an ideology with a limited range, unlike liberalism or socialism, but like nationalism, for example.

  • Issue Year: 2007
  • Issue No: 23_EN
  • Page Range: 109-112
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: English