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Suvremeni populizam
Contemporary Populism

Author(s): Berto Šalaj
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Hrvatsko politološko društvo
Keywords: democracy; populism; populist movements; populist parties; crisis of contemporary liberal democracies;

Summary/Abstract: The main objective of this paper is to fill in gaps present in Croatian political science regarding the study and research of the phenomenon of populism. The paper presents a peculiar exploratory research which has as its main goal to list and describe all the themes linked to the phenomenon of populism which might be the subjects of future research. Such a type of the paper implies an overview and analysis of the most significant recent literature on populism. Based on such analysis, the paper tries to provide answers to the following questions: What is the contemporary understanding of populism? Can populism be considered a political ideology? What are the main causes of the strengthening of populist movements in contemporary democratic societies? What is the relation between populism and democracy? In this matter, in an attempt to answer these questions, the analysis is not focused on particular populist parties and movements, but on the elements present in a larger number of cases.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 09
  • Page Range: 21-49
  • Page Count: 29
  • Language: Croatian