Populism and representative politics in contemporary Europe

Taggart, Paul (2004) Populism and representative politics in contemporary Europe. Journal of Political Ideologies, 9 (3). pp. 269-288. ISSN 1356-9317

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In this paper I apply the definition of populism that I laid out in P. Taggart, Populism (Buckingham: Open University Press, 2000) and argue that recent developments in Europe provide a fertile ground for the emergence of populism. Europe is taken to in its widest sense to include the European Union as well as the 'wider Europe'. The argument of the paper is that populism will emerge (and has already appeared) in many different forms and will appear as a series of fractured instances. Combined with the self-limiting effects of populism this means that populism will not amount to a wider 'European' force but its appearance does highlight dilemmas of representative politics in Europe.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article took the earlier work on populism developed by PT and applied it to the contemporary cases in European politics. The importance of this article lies in the application of empirical cases and a refining of the conceptual model developed in earlier work.
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Paul Taggart
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:19
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2015 12:14
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20086
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