Twenty-First Century Populism: The Spectre of Western European Democracy

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Daniele Albertazzi, Duncan McDonnell
Palgrave Macmillan, Jan 15, 2008 - History - 251 pages
Over the last decade, the main area of sustained populist growth has been Western Europe, with populist movements reaching new heights in countries such as France, Italy, Austria and Holland. Twenty-First Century Populism analyses this phenomenon by looking at the conditions facilitating the emergence and success of populism in specific national contexts and then examining why populism has flourished or floundered in those countries. The book also discusses the degree to which populism has affected mainstream politics in Western Europe and examines the inter-relationship between populism, political parties, the media and democracy. Containing chapters by a series of country experts and renowned political scientists from across the continent, this volume is the first to offer an in-depth account of the reasons behind the populist wave in twenty-first century Europe.

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FRANK DECKER Professor of Political Science, University of Bonn, Germany STEFANO FELLA Lecturer, London Metropolitan University, UK REINHARD HEINISCH Professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies, University of Pittsburgh/Johnstown, USA PAUL LUCARDIE Research Fellow, Documentation Center on Dutch Political Parties, University of Groningen, The Netherlands ALFIO MASTROPAOLO Professor of Political Science and Head of the Department of Political Studies, University of Turin, Italy GIANPIETRO MAZZOLENI Professor of Political Communication, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Milan, Italy GIANFRANCO PASQUINO Professor of Political Science, University of Bologna, Italy JENS RYDGREN Associate Professor of Sociology, Stockholm University, Sweden MARCO TARCHI Professor of Political Science and Political Theory, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Florence, Italy