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What Is Populism?

Jan-werner Muller


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Donald Trump, Silvio Berlusconi, Marine Le Pen, Hugo Chavez -- populists are on the rise across the globe. But what exactly is populism? Should everyone who criticizes Wall Street or Washington be called a populist? What precisely is the difference between right-wing and left-wing populism? Who are "the people" anyway and who can speak in their name? These questions have never been more pressing. In this provocative book, Jan-Werner M ller argues that at populism's core is a rejection of pluralism. Populists will always claim that they and they alone represent the people and their true interests. Proposing a number of concrete strategies for how liberal democrats should best deal with populists, M ller shows how to counter their claims to speak exclusively for "the silent majority".

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Populists are on the rise everywhere, from Donald Trump to Hugo Chvez. But what exactly is populism? Is everyone who criticizes the establishment a populist? What's the difference between right- and left-wing populism? Is it a danger to democracy or the voice of the people - and who are 'the people', anyway? 'There is no better guide to the populist passions of the present ...Populism is not just antiliberal, it is antidemocratic - the permanent shadow of representative politics. That's Jan-Werner Mller's argument in this brilliant book' Ivan Krastev 'Mller defines populism's most salient characteristics - antielitism, antipluralism, exclusivity - and explains Trump and other populists through that framework. It is a quick read, and worth every page' Washington Post 'He covers potential criticisms. He also does something rare for political theorists: he offers solutions' The Australian

Author Biography

Jan-Werner M ller is Professor of Politics at Princeton University and the author of several books, most recently Contesting Democracy- Political Ideas in Twentieth Century Europe. He contributes regularly to London Review of Books, the Guardian, and the New York Review of Books.

Review

An exceptionally intelligent book about a notoriously slippery, yet essential, political concept. Jan-Werner Muller's sweeping critique of populism will both instruct and challenge anyone who seeks to understand the roots and nature of the political conflicts that are roiling Europe and the United States -- Michael Kazin, author of The Populist Persuasion: An American History No one has written more insightfully and knowledgeably about Europe's recent democratic decay than Jan-Werner Muller. His depiction of populism as democracy's antipluralist, moralistic shadow is masterful -- Dani Rodrik, Harvard University Populism is not just antiliberal, it is antidemocratic -- the permanent shadow of representative politics. That's Jan-Werner Muller's argument in this brilliant book. There is no better guide to the populist passions of the present -- Ivan Krastev, author of After Europe In this essential book, Muller defines populism's most salient characteristics --antielitism, antipluralism, exclusivity -- and explains Trump and other populists through that framework. It is a quick read, and worth every page Washington Post An excellent short book -- Timothy Garton Ash New York Review of Books This lucid guide is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand leaders such as Trump and Chavez Guardian

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This lucid guide is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand leaders such as Trump and Ch

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Essential reading on one of the most important phenomena of our time from a remarkable political thinker.

Product Details

Year
2017
ISBN-10
0141987375
ISBN-13
9780141987378
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2017-11-02
Author
Jan-werner Muller
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Pages
160
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade