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Reviving Classical Liberalism Against Populism

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • The first to analyze populism from the perspective of classical liberalism

  • Discusses how liberals can fight back against the populist threat through liberal statecraft and reviving liberalism

  • Traces the ideational roots of the core populist ideas

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism (PASTCL)

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Classical Liberalism Against Populism

    • Nils Karlson
    Pages 1-5Open Access
  3. Populism: Defining Characteristics

    • Nils Karlson
    Pages 7-20Open Access
  4. A Threat to Liberty, Free Markets, and the Open Society

    • Nils Karlson
    Pages 21-26Open Access
  5. Explaining Populism and Autocratization

    • Nils Karlson
    Pages 27-46Open Access
  6. The Populist Divisive, Activist Ideas

    • Nils Karlson
    Pages 47-66Open Access
  7. The Classical Liberal Ideas, Predicaments, and Potentials

    • Nils Karlson
    Pages 67-78Open Access
  8. Expose the Populist Strategies and Their Consequences

    • Nils Karlson
    Pages 79-82Open Access
  9. Defend and Develop the Liberal Institutions

    • Nils Karlson
    Pages 83-100Open Access
  10. Embrace and Promote the Liberal Spirit

    • Nils Karlson
    Pages 101-114Open Access
  11. Develop Liberal Statecraft

    • Nils Karlson
    Pages 115-119Open Access
  12. A Classical Liberal Revival

    • Nils Karlson
    Pages 121-125Open Access
  13. Back Matter

    Pages 127-133

About this book

This open access book by Nils Karlson explores the strategies used by left- and right-wing populists to make populism intelligible, recognizable, and contestable. It presents a synthesized explanatory model for how populists promote autocratization through the deliberate polarization of society. It traces the ideational roots of the core populist ideas and shows that these ideas form a collectivistic identity politics.

Karlson argues that to fight back requires the revival of liberalism itself by defending and developing the liberal institutions, the liberal spirit, liberal narratives, and liberal statecraft.  The book also presents and discusses an extensive list of counterstrategies against populism. 

Written within the tradition of political theory and institutional economics, this book uses a wide variety of sources, including results and analyses from social psychology, ethics, law, and history.


Authors and Affiliations

  • RATIO, Stockholm, Sweden

    Nils Karlson

About the author

Nils Karlson is the founder and former CEO of the Ratio Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.


Bibliographic Information

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Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Compact, lightweight edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

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