Populist nationalism fuses beliefs that citizens are being exploited by a privileged elite with claims that the national culture and interests are under threat from enemies within or without. Ideologically fluid, populist nationalists decry “out-of-touch” institutions such as political parties and the mainstream press while extolling the virtues of the “people.” They claim that only populists can truly represent the nation and solve its problems, and often call for unorthodox solutions that appeal to the common people.

The recent spread of populist nationalism throughout the world has triggered a growing interest in the subject, led mainly by journalists. The Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump in the US have provoked a flurry of media coverage in Europe and the Americas, along with parliamentary debates. Some social scientists have sought to explain the resurgence of nationalism and the spread of populism in recent decades, but important questions remain and most of the scholarship has not adequately addressed the fusion of nationalism and populism. It fails to examine the combination of populism and nationalism comparatively, especially the contrast between the more progressive and leftist versions such as those in Latin America, and the more traditional conservative varieties that are gaining strength in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

This interdisciplinary collection by experts on Europe and the Americas fills this void. The volume examines various experiences with populist nationalism, and offers theoretical tools to assess its future. Some chapters are in-depth country case studies and others take a broader perspective, but all open the door for meaningful comparison.

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chapter 1|16 pages

The Rise of Populist Nationalism in Comparative Perspective

Europe and the Americas
ByFernando López-Alves, Diane E. Johnson

part I|2 pages

Global Perspectives and Comparative Theory

chapter 2|19 pages

Populist Nationalism in Europe and the Americas

Past, Present, and Future
ByFernando López-Alves

chapter 3|18 pages

Why the Nation Never Really Went Away

ByGregory Jusdanis

chapter 4|21 pages

Comparing Cabals

The Role of Conspiracy Ideation in Right-Wing Populist Groups in the US and UK
ByKristin Haltinner, Jackie Hogan

part II|2 pages

Case Studies from Europe

chapter 5|18 pages

Populist Nationalism in Ukraine

ByMikhail A. Molchanov

chapter 6|17 pages

“Mut zu Deutschland!”

On the Populist Nationalism of the Alternative für Deutschland
ByJoseph Sterphone

chapter 7|17 pages

Nation, People, and National Populisms in Contemporary Spain

ByRaúl Moreno-Almendral

chapter 8|18 pages

Populist Nationalism and Brexit

The Power of Memory and Desire
ByAtul Singh

part III|2 pages

Case Studies from North America

chapter 9|17 pages

From “Empty Lands” to “Empty Signifiers”

Nativism, Race, Gender, and Populist Nationalism
ByJasmine Noelle Yarish

chapter 10|18 pages

Populism and Nationalism in US Politics 1

ByMark D. Brewer

chapter 11|18 pages

Donald Trump, the Republican Party, and the Scourge of Populism

ByJohn Kenneth White

chapter 12|19 pages

Global Model or Unique Experiment

Multiculturalism and Nationalism in Canada
ByMartin N. Marger

part IV|2 pages

Case Studies from Latin America

chapter 13|24 pages

Populist and Nationalist Attitudes in Contemporary Latin America

An Exploratory Analysis
ByBarry S. Levitt

chapter 14|19 pages

Inculcating Populist Nationalism?

Education and Ideological Change in Venezuela
ByMatthias vom Hau, Jared A. Abbott, Hillel David Soifer

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chapter 16|11 pages

The Future of Populist Nationalism in Europe and the Americas

ByDiane E. Johnson, Fernando López-Alves