Five views: Is populism really a threat to democracy?

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Publication Date 24/07/2017
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Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 US presidential election, the UK’s decision to leave the EU, and the rise of anti-establishment parties across Europe have prompted discussions over the role of ‘populism’ in modern politics. But is populism really a threat to democracy or is the term simply used by mainstream politicians to dismiss the legitimate concerns of citizens? LSE's EUROPP Blog asked five academics for their views.

  • Zsolt Enyedi | Populism is indeed a threat to democracy – and the positive case for it is rather feeble
  • Chantal Mouffe | The only way to save democracy is to promote a ‘progressive populism’
  • Yannis Stavrakakis | Anti-populism may be the real threat to democracy
  • Ruth Wodak | Right-wing populist parties pose clear short and long-term dangers
  • John Fitzgibbon | Populists are not anti-democratic, they are anti-liberal democracy
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