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The challenge of populism

It seems that so much of public discourse orients around the nature, shape and implications of populist politics. While 'centrists' often characterise almost any apparently left-wing politics as populist, populism's most successful figures have been from the right, as in the case of Trump in the US and Orban in Hungary. Is this because they share a commitment to capital, even if they disabuse the notion of capitalism's having intrinsic grounding in progressive civic institutions? In the first two issues of 2019, we examined the ability of the EU institutionally to address people's grievances and the scope, within the left, to present coherent means of transcending liberal democracy in ways that uphold the democratic components. This Editors' Collection contains three pieces that span these issues.

Ruth Wodak's 'Entering the 'post-shame era': the rise of illiberal democracy, populism and neo-authoritarianism in EUrope', which examines the nature of regimes that, until recently, were supposed to be precluded by the EU's institutional framework. Mark Purcell then presents, in 'Democracy Beyond Hegemony', a complex and, at times, controversial conceptualisation of democracy which, he believes, does not constitute anarchism. Finally, George van den Abbeele's policy piece, 'Challenges for a Left Populism: A Response to Chantal Mouffe', considers the potential for progressive politics in light of the legacy of post-Marxism. Each of these pieces offers scope for re-evaluation of widely held commitments.

The following Global Discourse Editors' Choice articles are free to access until 31 October 2019.

Entering the 'post-shame era': the rise of illiberal democracy, populism and neo-authoritarianism in EUrope
Author: Ruth Wodak

Democracy Beyond Hegemony
Author: Mark Purcell

Challenges for a Left Populism: A Response to Chantal Mouffe
Author: Georges Van Den Abbeele

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