|Author/Contributor(s):||Arato, Andrew ; Cohen, Jean L|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
forms: socio-political movement, political party, government, and regime. They focus in particular on the tense relationship of populism to democracy and of populism to constitutionalism. Without presupposing the authoritarian logic of the phenomenon in the definition, the book demonstrates it
through the reconstruction of the main elements used by advocates to identify populism. To be sure, the authoritarian logic of populism is not realized in every instance of it, and the book analyses why this is so. Across modern history, many populist governments have in fact been hybrid regimes,
blending authoritarian elements and residual democratic forms. Populism on its own, however, is a form of abusive or instrumental constitutionalism that typically relies on the alleged permanence of the quasi-revolutionary constituent power. The book concludes by outlining a non- and anti-populist
project of democratization and social justice, distinguishing between the popular and the populist and offering a program that is nourished by the plurality of democracies and which rescues some of left populism's more benevolent host ideologies.