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Skizze einer vergleichenden Forschungsagenda zum Populismus

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Kaltwasser, Cristóbal Rovira

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Abstract "Both in public opinion and the realm of the social sciences a common definition of populism is absent. The concept of populism has been used to refer to such a variety of phenomena, that it is more than problematical for undertaking comparative analysis. In this paper I discuss different methodological approaches to define populism and I argue that a minimal concept of populism is the most fruitful approach to develop a comparative research agenda. To show this, I compare the minimal definitions developed by Kurt Weyland (populism as a political strategy) and Cas Mudde (populism as a thin-centered ideology). Moreover, I explain why Mudde's definition should be the starting point for a comparative research agenda on populism. To conclude, I show that this minimal definition is helpful for analyzing the ambivalent relationship between populism and democracy." (author's abstract)
Keywords developing country; Latin America; party; democracy; concept; definition; elite; corruption; political theory; discourse; Europe; research approach; power; neoliberalism; mass; people; political strategy; populism; right-wing radicalism; theory comparison; comparative political science; ambivalence
Classification Research Design; Political System, Constitution, Government; Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Political Science
Method basic research; theory formation
Document language German
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 251-271
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