GS11 Populism

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Session Chairs
Dr. Maria Esperanza Casullo
Dr. Mark Devenney

Following the financial crises of the past two decades there has been a resurgence of populist politics across the globe. In both its left-wing and right-wing versions populist parties and leaders are appealing to “the people” against corrupt financial and political elites. The diversity of populist leaders and movements has challenged pre-existing political categories. The subsequent explosion in populism research has ranged from wide-ranging theoretical and conceptual debates, to careful empirical analyses of political movements loosely categorized as populist. There is exciting work underway on subjects such as gender and populism, subnational populism, the economics of populism, and populism and the media. 

This session of multiple panels brings together leading scholars of populism from across the globe to examine and explain this global phenomenon.  We welcome proposals for complete panels and individual papers which address the competing theoretical analyses of populism and the wide ranging set of phenomena classified as populist.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • What happened to Latin American Populism? The rise and decline(?) of left-wing populisms across a continent
  • The Politics of Debt and the Rise of Populism
  • The Populist Politics of Southern Europe
  • Who are the People?
  • Is Populism Democratic? Is Democracy Populist?
  • Populisms of the Right and Left: Conceptual and Empirical Differences
  • Populism beyond Nationalism?
  • Rhetoric versus Reason: Populism’s Challenge
  • From Modi to Duterte: Populism, Nationalism and the Politics of Security
  • Comparative Populisms
  • Populism’s Borders?
  • The Economic Policies of Populist Movements
  • Historical Precedents ranging from Athenian Demagogues to the Populus Romanus; the Know-Nothings to The People’s Party
  • Transnational Populisms
  • Populism in Dispute: Theoretical Debates
  • When the Strong Man is a Woman: Populism and Gender
  • Populists in Government: Can there be a Populist State?
  • Populists and the Old and New Media.
  • Subnational Populism
  • Populist Parties