Democracies and the Populist Challenge

  • Yves Mény
  • Yves Surel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Constitutive Ambiguity of Populism

    1. Yves Mény, Yves Surel
      Pages 1-21
  3. Making Sense of Populism

  4. Identifying Country Variations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Marco Tarchi
      Pages 120-138
    3. Yves Surel
      Pages 139-154
  5. Comparing National Cases

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 233-258

About this book


Populism has become a favourite catchword for mass media and politicians faced with the challenge of protest parties or movements. It has often been equated with radical right leaders or parties. This volume offers a different perspective and underlines that populism is an ambiguous but constitutive component of democratic systems torn between their ideology (government of the people, by the people, for the people) and their actual functioning, characterised by the role of the elites and the limits put on the popular will by liberal constitutionalism.


constitution democracy governance government politics Protest

Editors and affiliations

  • Yves Mény
    • 1
  • Yves Surel
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.European University InstituteFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.IEPGrenobleFrance
  3. 3.Centre d’étude de la vie politique françaiseSciences PoParisFrance

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