International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2001
4 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2015
Date Written: 2001
The populist label has been attached to such a wide variety of political movements that it is hard to stabilize any core meaning that can work as an analytical concept. This analysis lays out the various conceptualizations as both family resemblance of proximate subtypes but contradictions at the extremes. The minimal commonality that they share is not interesting, and analysts should focus on distinct traits or subtypes.
Keywords: Populism, mass politics
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