Kriesi, Hanspeter und Takis S. Pappas, Hrsg. 2015. European populism in the shadow of the Great Recession. Studies in European political Science. Colchester: ECPR Press. 394 S., € 89.00

  • Robert A. HuberEmail author

The edited volume by Hanspeter Kriesi and Takis S. Pappasdiscusses recent populists’ successes in the light of the Great Recession. Their guiding question is “where, when, how and how much populism profited during […] Europe’s Great Recession” (p. 7). In general, they distinguish between two different types of crises — economic and political crises — which they anticipate to have different effects on both the political systems and the populist parties within these systems. While low growth rates, a lack of liquidity, and a sovereign debt crisis are the defining features of economic crises, political crises are defined by high total volatility, low satisfaction with democracy, and low trust in parliament. In an ideational tradition populism is defined as a thin centred ideology that considers society ultimately to be separated into two homogeneous and antagonistic groups — the pure people and the corrupt elite — and that uses a Manichean discourse highlighting the good people’s...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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