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Populism and Democracy Collection

In recent years we have seen a decline of traditional forms of political engagement. As public trust in mainstream politicians falls we have seen the rise of populist leaders in countries around the world. There is also increasing concern over the decay of democratic processes and the growth of illiberal democracies. On 20 January President Biden will assume the role of president just 2 week after the storming of the capital building. How did we get here?

To start to answer this question we have created a collection of articles exploring the weaknesses of democratic systems, how emotions fuel populist movements and the effects of populism on democracy. 

The collection features articles from:

Emotions and Society

Why feelings trump facts: anti-politics, citizenship and emotion

Matthew Flinders


Theatrical manipulation and seductive sentimentality: constructions of empathy in Swedish online far-right discourse about EU-migrants

Karl Malmqvist


Global Discourse

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

Ruth Wodak


Anger fast and slow: mediations of justice and violence in the age of populism

William Davies


Is homo oeconomicus an extinct species, and does it matter for EUropean integration? Attitudes towards free trade and populism

Bogna Gawroska-Nowak


The functionality of affects: conceptualising far-right populist politics beyond negative emotions

Julia Leser and Florian Spissinger


Forget populism!

Frank A. Stengel


Challenges for a Left Populism: A Response to Chantal Mouffe

Georges Van Den Abbeele


The resentment-ressentiment complex: a critique of liberal discourse

Sjoerd van Tuinen


The functionality of affects: conceptualising far-right populist politics beyond negative emotions

Julia Leser and Florian Spissinger


Betrayed by the system: how the UK’s inadequate democratic system thwarts grown-up politics, and how we can begin to change this

Remco van der Stoep


‘We will march side by side and demand a bigger table’: anger as dignity claim

Karen Adkins


European Journal of Politics and Gender

Urgency and ambition: the influence of political environment and emotion in spurring US women’s candidacies in 2018

Kelly Dittmar

The populist Italian Lega from ethno-regionalism to radical right-wing nationalism: backsliding gender-equality policies with a little help from the anti-gender movement
Alessia Donà

The fight against ‘gender’ and ‘LGBT ideology’: new developments in Poland

Elżbieta Korolczuk


Reversing gender policy progress: patterns of backsliding in Central and Eastern European new democracies

Conny Roggeband and Andrea Krizsán


Journal of Psychosocial Studies

Beyond the angers of populism: a psychosocial inquiry

Barry Richards


The psychodynamics of casino culture and politics

Candida Yates


Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice

Do Democratic governors lower economic freedom? A regression discontinuity approach

William B. Hankins and Gary A. Hoover


The Political Red Queen

Giampaolo Garzarelli and Emma Galli


Policy & Politics

Can the governance paradigm survive the rise of populism?

Gerry Stoker


The Use and Abuse of Participatory Governance by Populist Governments

Agnes Batory and Sara Svensson


Public deliberation in an era of communicative plenty

Selen A Ercan, Carolyn M Hendriks and John S Dryzek


Policy overreaction styles during manufactured crises

Moshe Maor

The Effects of Economic Crises on Participatory Democracy

Pau Alarcón