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Polity Press
31 January 2020
Politics & government; Political science & theory
Populism is the key political phenomenon of the 21st century. From Trump to Brexit, from Chavez to Podemos, the term has been used to describe leaders, parties and movements across the globe who disrupt the status quo and speak in the name of 'the people' against 'the elite'. Yet the term remains something of a puzzle: poorly understood, vaguely defined and, more often than not, used as a term of abuse.

In this concise and engaging book, leading expert Benjamin Moffitt cuts through this confusion. Offering the first accessible introduction to populism as a core concept in political theory, he maps the different schools of thought on how to understand populism and explores how populism relates to some of the most important concepts at the heart of political debate today. He asks: what has populism got to do with nationalism and nativism? How does it intersect with socialism? Is it compatible with liberalism? And in the end, is populism a good or bad thing for democracy?

This book is essential reading for anyone - from students and scholars to general readers alike - seeking to make sense of one the most important and controversial issues in the contemporary political landscape.
By:   Benjamin Moffitt
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 213mm,  Width: 137mm,  Spine: 12mm
Weight:   208g
ISBN:   9781509534333
ISBN 10:   1509534334
Series:   Key Concepts in Political Theory
Pages:   170
Publication Date:   31 January 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Benjamin Moffitt is Senior Lecturer in Politics and Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2019-2021) at the National School of Arts, ACU (Melbourne).

Reviews for Populism

Employing a political theory perspective, Moffitt elucidates populism's affinities and tensions with major left- and right-wing ideologies and develops novel insights into reactionary populists' opportunistic invocation of liberal values. Kurt Weyland, University of Texas at Austin The first book to analyse populism in its broader ideological context by relating it to nationalism, socialism, liberalism and democracy, Benjamin Moffitt's accessible and concise Populism is essential reading for anyone speaking, thinking or writing about this phenomenon. Cas Mudde, University of Georgia

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