Populism in power: political consequences

Populism in power:
political consequences

Glukhova A.V.,

Voronezh State University, Voronezh, Russia, avglukhova@mail.ru

elibrary_id: 77250 | ORCID: 0000-0002-3894-3229 |

Article received: 2023.08.10. Accepted: 2023.10.21

DOI: 10.17976/jpps/2024.01.14

For citation:

Glukhova A.V. Populism in power: political consequences. – Polis. Political Studies. 2024. No. 1. P. 182-191. (In Russ.). https://doi.org/10.17976/jpps/2024.01.14. EDN: OBBCOZ


The populism phenomenon has become a mainstraim political research topic at the beginning of the 21st century. Scholars have focused on different aspects of this phenomenon. In the peer-reviewed monograph “Populism in power. Strategies and Consequences of a Populist Stay” (Wiesbaden, 2021) the author analyzes the results of a populist government in a geographical area. It is argued that populism in power has the following characteristics: charismatic leadership, public political opposition, networking and shutdown of patronage institutions that stand between populist status and the so-called “true people”, paving the way for the autocratization of assemblies. The author shows the peculiar position of populist governments: how they come to power and what they do as a political elite to create their own legitimacy. Most of them act as the leaders of a permanent election campaign. The first step towards their new legitimacy is always the delegitimization of any opposition and this naturally opens the way to anti-pluralism.

populists in power, antipluralism, charismatic leadership, polarization, patronage networks, opposition delegitimization, autocratization.


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