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On Populism, Post-Populism, and Contemporary Myths
On Populism, Post-Populism, and Contemporary Myths

Author(s): Boyan Znepolski, Michel Wieviorka
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Фондация за хуманитарни и социални изследвания - София
Keywords: interview; populism; post-populism; contemporary myth; politics; democracy; simplification

Summary/Abstract: Boyan Znepolski: Populism is a term used quite often these days. Sometimes it is even misused. At the same time, populism is a ‘slippery’ term whose meaning remains vague. It is used either as a synonym for demagogy or in association with nationalism – as in the phrase ‘national populism’. What is your definition of populism? What is its significance in contemporary social sciences? Michel Wieviorka: It is very difficult to give a satisfactory definition of populism because the term has different historical meanings, it refers to different historical experiences in different parts of the world and therefore seems to elude definition. And then, while the term has recently acquired quite negative, denigrating connotations, it may also have much more positive meaning.

  • Issue Year: 2007
  • Issue No: 23_EN
  • Page Range: 153-164
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English