Butzlaff, Felix, Blühdorn, Ingolfur. 2018. Rethinking Populism: Peak democracy, liquid identity and the performance of sovereignty. European Journal of Social Theory , 1-21.
Despite the burgeoning literature on right-wing populism, there is still considerable uncertainty about its causes, its impact on liberal democracies and about promising counter-strategies. Inspired by recent suggestions that (1) the emancipatory left has made a significant contribution to the proliferation of the populist right; and (2) populist movements, rather than challenging the established socio-political order, in fact stabilize and further entrench its logic, this article argues that an adequate understanding of the populist phenomenon necessitates a radical shift of perspective: beyond the democratic and emancipatory norms, which still govern most of the relevant literature. Approaching its subject matter via democratic theory and modernization theory, it undertakes a reassessment of the triangular relationship between modernity, democracy and populism. It finds that the latter is not helpfully conceptualized as anti-modernist or anti-democratic but should, instead, be regarded as a predictable feature of the form of politics distinctive of today’s third modernity.
|Status of publication||Published|
|Type of publication||Journal article|
|Journal||European Journal of Social Theory|
|Title||Rethinking Populism: Peak democracy, liquid identity and the performance of sovereignty|
- Butzlaff, Felix (Details)
- Blühdorn, Ingolfur (Details)
- Institute for Social Change and Sustainability IN (Details)
- Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
- 5118 Political science (Details)
- 5402 General sociology (Details)
- 5413 Sociological methods (Details)