Old and new populism: the risks of "an esasperated and crazy democracy"

Author/s Emanuele Rossi
Publishing Year 2014 Issue 2014/1
Language Italian Pages 7 P. 121-127 File size 728 KB
DOI 10.3280/SA2014-001006
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Commencing from the reflections made by Ortega y Gasset in his striking work entitled Democrazia morbosa that the Spanish thinker published at the beginning of the twentieth century, Monica Simeoni analyzes the crisis of the contemporary democracy. A crisis accompanied by the inadequacies of the political parties and especially the inability of policy to address the collective action and to create new projects. However, it is precisely in times of increased political fatigue that we are witnessing a resurgence of populism that, in its various components, both right-wing and left-wing, produces destabilizing effects for the same democratic institutions. Faced with such a risk it seems necessary to rediscover the need to create positive realities for the future and to limit any possibility of action to the only will that is available today, that is, the will to destroy.

Keywords: Democracy, populism, contemporary society

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Emanuele Rossi, Vecchi e nuovi populismi: i rischi di "una democrazia esasperata e folle" in "RIVISTA TRIMESTRALE DI SCIENZA DELL’AMMINISTRAZIONE" 1/2014, pp 121-127, DOI: 10.3280/SA2014-001006