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

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Daniele Albertazzi, Duncan McDonnell
Palgrave Macmillan, Jan 15, 2008 - Political Science - 288 pages
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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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Part I
Populism and Democracy
Party Withdrawal

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DANIELE ALBERTAZZI is Senior Lecturer in European Media at the University of Birmingham, UK, where he leads the Culture, Society and Communication programmes. His research focuses on political communication, as well as Italian and Swiss politics. Daniele is currently co-editing (with Clodagh Brook, Charlotte Ross and Nina Rothenberg) Resisting the Tide: Cultures of Opposition during the Berlusconi Years (forthcoming) and (with Paul Cobley) The Media: An Introduction, third edition (forthcoming).

DUNCAN McDONNELL is a research fellow at the Department of Political Studies, University of Turin, Italy, where he is working on projects examining the changes in Italian subnational politics over the last two decades and the relationship between populism, civil society and direct democracy.

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