Populist Politicians: Populism, Democratic Dissatisfaction and the Perception of Representation. The Case of Greece

  • Marcel LewandowskyEmail author
Part of the Politische Vierteljahresschrift Sonderhefte book series (PVS)


This article investigates populism as an attitude of political elites. Based on an extensive discussion of research on populism, it develops a concept that harmonizes the role perceptions of political elites in representative democracies with dissatisfaction as an evaluative and populism as a specific normative orientation towards democracy. Based on candidate data of the 2015 Greek parliamentary election, this contribution offers an empirical analysis of the linkage between dissatisfaction with democracy, role perceptions and populism. Finally, implications for further research are discussed in detail.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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