Between Authoritarian and Democratic Populist Constitutionalism

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Pisa, Italy: Scuola Superiore Sant’AnnaPopulism, Constitutional Democracy, and the Rule of Law workshop

The first workshop paper is presented by Bojan Bugarič, Professor (Chair in Law), Department of Law, University of Sheffield, UK.

The paper is entitled The Populist’s Constitutional Choices: Between Authoritarian and Democratic Populist Constitutionalism.

Abstract: Populism is Janus-faced; simultaneously facing different directions. There is not a single form of populism, but rather a variety of different forms, each with profoundly different political and legal consequences. Despite the current hegemony of authoritarian populism, a much different sort of populism is also possible: democratic and anti-establishment populism, which combines elements of liberal and democratic convictions.