|Author (Person)||Stavrakakis, Yannis|
|Publisher||LSE European Institute|
|Series Title||EUROPP Blog|
|Publication Date||October 2018|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
Populism has become one of the most hotly debated topics in European politics, but how should academics seek to study it? Yannis Stavrakakis identifies three key challenges in contemporary populism research:
+ the need for critical reflexivity
See also further EuroppBlog articles:
+ Understanding populism: What role do crises play in the growth of Euroscepticism?
Three distinct crises have hit the European Union in the last decade: the Great Recession, the migration crisis, and Brexit. As Andrea L. P. Pirro explains, there has been a widespread assumption that populist parties with Eurosceptic profiles have been the main political beneficiaries from these crises. But there still remains much to be understood about what populists make out of such crises, as well as their impact on Euroscepticism.
+ The liberal conception of ‘freedom’ is incapable of addressing the problems of contemporary capitalism
The rise of populism and ‘illiberal democracies’ are often viewed as a reaction to the failure of liberal capitalism to meet the needs of citizens. For Andrea Lorenzo Capussela, the liberal conception of freedom as ‘non-interference’ may lie at the heart of this equation. He suggests that a republican notion of freedom as ‘non-domination’ might be more useful in addressing the problems of contemporary capitalism.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Countries / Regions||Europe|