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By Stijn van Kessel

Populism is an idea that's at present fashionable between political commentators and, as a rule, used pejoratively. The phenomenon of populism is sometimes visible as whatever hostile and, within the eu context usually relating to xenophobic politics. What populism precisely is and who its major representatives are, notwithstanding, usually continues to be uncertain. this article has major goals: to spot populist events in twenty first century Europe and to provide an explanation for their electoral functionality. It argues that populist events shouldn't be brushed aside as risky pariahs out of hand yet really that their upward push tells us anything in regards to the country of consultant democracy.

The learn has a extensive scope, together with populist events of varied ideological types – hence relocating past examples of the ‘right’ – and masking common Western ecu international locations in addition to post-communist nations in critical and jap Europe. It provides the result of an cutting edge mixed-methods learn venture, combining a fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative research (fsQCA) of populist events in 31 ecu international locations with 3 in-depth case reviews of the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom.

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