This collection, which can serve as an introduction to the field of populism, provides an array of interdisciplinary approaches to populist mobilizations, theories, meanings, and effects. In so doing, it rejects essentialized ideas regarding what populism is or is not. Rather, it explores the political, social, and economic conditions that are conducive for the emergence of movements labelled populist, the rationalities and affective tenor of those movements, the political issues pertaining to the relationship between populists and elites, and the relationship between populist groups and political pluralism. Grappling with accord and discord in assumptions and methodologies, the book will appeal to scholars of sociology, political science, communication and cultural studies interested in populism, social movements, citizenship, and democracy.

chapter |14 pages

Introduction to collection

Problematizing populism

part I|39 pages

Explaining populism

chapter 2|10 pages

Populism and citizenship

Toward a “thickening” of American populism

chapter 3|10 pages

From personal opinion to social fact

Interactional dynamics and the corroboration of populist support

chapter 4|12 pages

The people and the public

Cyber-demagoguery and populism as war

part II|41 pages

Populism and pluralism

chapter 7|11 pages

Lessons for left populism

Organizing revolt in Babylon

part III|61 pages

Populism: conditions of possibility

chapter 9|5 pages


Conditions of possibility introduction

chapter 10|9 pages

Does globalization produce populist parties?

A cross-national analysis

chapter 12|10 pages

Farming failure

The origins of rural Trumpism, 1950–2016

chapter 13|12 pages

Austerity and ethno-nationalism

The politics of scarcity in right-wing populism

chapter 14|12 pages

Populism and war-making

Constructing the people and the enemy during the early Lebanese Civil War era

part IV|62 pages

Between “the people” and elites

chapter 16|10 pages

The social psychology of populism

chapter 17|9 pages

Populist corruption talk

chapter 19|11 pages

Twenty-first century American populist movements

The challenges of organization and institutionalization

chapter 20|11 pages

Crisis government

The populist as plebeian dictator

part V|40 pages

Issues and methodologies

chapter 24|11 pages

Populism from the bottom up

Ethnography from Trump’s U.S. and Kirchner’s Argentina

chapter |2 pages


Emerging issues and future directions