Skizze einer vergleichenden Forschungsagenda zum Populismus

Rovira Kaltwasser, Cristobal (2011) Skizze einer vergleichenden Forschungsagenda zum Populismus. Totalitarismus und Demokratie- Totalitarianism and Democracy, 8 (2). pp. 251-271. ISSN 1612-9008

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Both in public opinion and the realm of the social sciences a common definition of populism is absent. The concept of populism has been used to refer to such a variety of phenomena, that it is more than problematical for undertaking comparative analysis. In this paper I discuss different methodological approaches to define populism and I argue that a minimal concept of populism is the most fruitful approach to develop a comparative research agenda. To show this, I compare the minimal definitions developed by Kurt Weyland (populism as a political strategy) and Cas Mudde (populism as a thin-centered ideology). Moreover, I explain why Mudde's definition should be the starting point for a comparative research agenda on populism. To conclude, I show that this minimal definition is helpful for analyzing the ambivalent relationship between populism and democracy.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:26
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2012 11:21
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