Koen Abts*, Stijn van Kessel

*Corresponding author for this work

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Populism is a concept applied to a wide range of political movements and actors across the globe. There is, at the same time, considerable confusion about the attributes and manifestation of populism, as well as its impact on democracy. This contribution identifies the defining elements of the populist ideology and discusses the varieties in which populism manifests itself, for instance as a component of certain party families. We finally discuss various normative interpretations of populism, and the tension between populism and liberal democratic values.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Cordon sanitaire
  • Democracy
  • Europe
  • Extremism
  • Ideology
  • Latin America
  • Leadership
  • Liberalism
  • Party families
  • Political communication
  • Popular sovereignty
  • Populism
  • Radical right


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