Study of Populism in the Perspective of Democratic Theory Cover Image

A populizmus vizsgálata demokráciaelméleti perspektívában
Study of Populism in the Perspective of Democratic Theory

Author(s): Attila Antal
Subject(s): Politics and society, History and theory of political science
Published by: MTA Politikai Tudományi Intézete
Keywords: populism; democracy; theory of democracy; populist democracy

Summary/Abstract: Our thinking about democracy has been fundamentally reshaped by populism, and the relationship between populism and democracy has become one of the key questions in the academic literature. This study aims to provide an overview of key features of the political literature that foregrounds populism in the context of democracy. It is important to stress that this is only one part of the literature on populism: many consider populism as a distinct ideology or as a technique of political communication; this review will only consider research that connects populism directly with democracy, which I consider to be important to bring us to a fuller understanding of the phenomenon. This study will highlight in particular two streams of thinking, one characterizing populism as a ‘pathology’ of democracy, the other theorizing it as a subtype of democracy.

  • Issue Year: XXVI/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 129-148
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Hungarian