Pathbreaking theoretically and innovative in treatment, Populism in Global Perspective is a seminal addition to the literature on arguably the most controversial and fervently discussed topic in political science today.

The book brings together established and rising stars in the field of populism studies, in an integrated set of theoretical and empirical studies centered on a discursive-performative notion of populism. Contributors argue that populist identification is relational and sociocultural, and demonstrate the importance of studying populism phenomenologically together with anti-populism. The truly global series of case studies of populism in the US, Western and Southern Europe, Latin America, South Africa, the Philippines, and Turkey achieves a deliberate balance of left and right instances of populism, including within regions, and of populism in government and opposition.

Written in a style approachable to students and specialists alike, the volume provides a substantial foundation for current knowledge on the topic. Populism in Global Perspective is a must read for comparativists, political theorists, sociologists, area studies specialists, and all educated readers interested in populism worldwide.

chapter 1|18 pages


ByPierre Ostiguy, Francisco Panizza, Benjamin Moffitt

part I|54 pages


chapter 2|26 pages

Populism, Hegemony, and the Political Construction of “The People”

A Discursive Approach
ByFrancisco Panizza, Yannis Stavrakakis

chapter 3|26 pages

Who Would Identify With An “Empty Signifier”?

The Relational, Performative Approach to Populism
ByPierre Ostiguy, Benjamin Moffitt

part II|202 pages

Populist Identification in Global Perspective

chapter 4|20 pages

Populism as Synecdochal Representation

Understanding the Transgressive Bodily Performance of South American Presidents
ByMaría Esperanza Casullo

chapter 5|23 pages

Rafael Correa and the Citizens’ Revolution in Ecuador

A Case of Left-Wing Non-Hegemonic Populism
BySamuele Mazzolini

chapter 6|18 pages

Trump and the Populist Presidency

ByJoseph Lowndes

chapter 7|19 pages

Populism, Race, and Radical Imagination

#FeelingTheBern in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter
ByLaura Grattan

chapter 8|23 pages

Populist Politics and the Politics of “Populism”

The Radical Right in Western Europe
ByBenjamin De Cleen, Jason Glynos, Aurelien Mondon

chapter 9|21 pages

Populism in Government

The Case of SYRIZA (2015–2019)
ByGrigoris Markou

chapter 11|17 pages

Beyond Demagogues and Deplorables

Democratizing Populist Rhetoric in Rodrigo Duterte’s Philippines
ByNicole Curato

chapter 12|15 pages

Out With the Old, In With the New?

The ANC and EFF’s Battle to Represent the South African “People”
BySithembile Mbete

chapter 13|20 pages


Reflections on the Lessons Learned
ByFrancisco Panizza, Pierre Ostiguy, Benjamin Moffitt