Was heißt: Populismus an der Macht?

Translated title of the contribution: What does "populism in power" mean?

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The widespread assumption that populists are unable to govern is wrong. Populists harbour a particular conception of politics. They are anti-pluralist and anti-elitist. Even in government, populists employ very specific techniques of rule. They style themselves as victims, suspect treason everywhere, and present their policies as action taken under a permanent state of siege. At the same time, they assert a moral claim to sole agency. Three aspects of this anti-pluralism as it is practiced in reality stand out: The usurpation of the entire state, the procurement of loyalty by mass clientelism, as well as the suppression of civil society and, if possible, the media.

Translated title of the contributionWhat does "populism in power" mean?
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)5-17
Number of pages13
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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