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Die Morphologie des Populismus

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Cedroni, Lorella

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Abstract "Populism has been considered as a complex phenomenon, a syndrome, and more recently as an ideology. This contribution gives some methodological indications in order to analyze populism as a particular kind of ideology. It is based on the morphological approach. This approach permits to find the core of populism and a cluster of central and peripheral concepts. The most important principle of the morphological approach is the de-contestation. As Michael Freeden showed, the de-contestation concerns the competition of the meaning given to the conceptual combination of the terms of the political sphere. This article assumes populism as a weak ideology with a strong core: the concept of popular sovereignty; an ideology very close to democracy, and to other non democratic ideologies." (author's abstract)
Keywords analysis; anti-communism; democracy; ideology; political system; political theory; opinion formation; language usage; theory-practice; transformation; Italy; liberalization; mass; morphology; populism; semantics; utopia; political actor; Laclau, E.; representative democracy; sovereignty of the people
Classification Political System, Constitution, Government; Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Political Science
Method descriptive study
Document language German
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 237-250
Journal Totalitarismus und Demokratie, 8 (2011) 2
Issue topic Populismus: Konzepte und Theorien
ISSN 1612-9008
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications