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Populism. The obscure clarity of a political category
Journal Title: SOCIETÀ DEGLI INDIVIDUI (LA) 
Author/s: Marco Baldassari 
Year:  2015 Issue: 52 Language: Italian 
Pages:  13 Pg. 63-75 FullText PDF:  72 KB
DOI:  10.3280/LAS2015-052006
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The essay’s purpose is to provide some theoretical guidelines about the concept of populism, conceived as a political category. The essay’s starting point is the post-marxist analysis developed by Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, inherent the construction of the social agents and the hegemonic logic, on which is based the construction of people (taking into consideration their original interpretation of Gramsci’s thought). The essay focuses on the rationality of the populistic phenomenon and not only on the descriptive aspects linked with mentality or ideology. Furthermore, the essay intends to problematize the use of populistic modalities assumed by the élite in the neoliberal contest, as well as the implications that the transformation of ‘sovereignty’ and ‘democracy’ have determined for populism itself.

Marco Baldassari, Populism. The obscure clarity of a political category in "SOCIETÀ DEGLI INDIVIDUI (LA)" 52/2015, pp. 63-75, DOI:10.3280/LAS2015-052006

   

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