The politics of anti-populism

Renewal - ISSN 0968-5211
Volume 29 Number 2 (2021)

The politics of anti-populism
Lewis Bassett pages 73-80


Determining whether a rhetorically populist movement might be considered illiberal requires empirical analysis beyond an account of its rhetoric. There are rational-strategic reasons to adopt a populist strategy, namely that a populist frame can allow actors to press for disruptive change, including progressive change. Dismissing populism out of hand can therefore be seen as a conservative reflex.

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Lewis Bassett (2021) The politics of anti-populism, Renewal, 29(2), 73-80

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