Populism(s) II

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Thesis Eleven Special Issue

Co-edited by Alonso Casanueva-Baptista and Raul Sanchez Urribarri,* this issue of Thesis Eleven is a further instalment in the work highlighted in the December 2018 issue – when the co-editors remarked:

The state of debates around the topic of ‘populism’ has made clear the difficulties that exist to provide a coherent definition of the concept. There is much to be argued from historical, epistemological, comparative and sociological perspectives that may provide clarity to the uses of the term. As the world meets new scenarios of uncommon styles of doing politics and the themes of ideological polarization and social segregation take hold, the question about the vaue of ‘populism’ as a theoretical tool needs to be met with an affirmative stance that delineates its principal characteristics. The present text introduces the reader to four new perspectives that serve such a purpose and locates them among the relevant contemporary literature.

Alonso Casanueva-Baptista and Raul Sanchez Urribarri

With the entire June 2021 issue given to furthering this theme, a variety of perpectives make for diverse and thought-provoking reading.

*Both of La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Raul is one of the national collaborators on our project and a contributing author to the associated edited collection: Martin Krygier, Adam Czarnota and Wojciech Sadurski (eds) Anti-Constitutional Populism (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).