There is a consensus that right, and left-wing populism is on the rise on both sides of the Atlantic, from Donald Trump in the United States, to Spain’s leftist Podemos. These may utilize different kinds of populist mobilizations but the fact remains that elite and mass opinion is fuelling a populist backlash.

In Populism and Passions, twelve scholars engage with discourse analysis, democratic theory, and post structural political thought to study the political logic of passion for contemporary populism. Together these interdisciplinary essays demonstrate what emotional engagement implies for the spheres of politics and the social, and how it governs and mobilizes individuals. The volume presents:

  • Theoretical and empirical implications for political analysis;
  • Chapters on the current rise of populism, both right and left-wing trends, their different ideological features, and their relationship with the logic of passion;
  • Theoretical implications for the future study of populism and democratic legitimacy.

A timely analysis of this political phenomena in contemporary Western democracies, Populism and Passions is ideal for students and scholars in political theory, comparative politics, social theory, critical theory, cultural studies, and global studies.

chapter |12 pages

Introduction: Populism, Democracy, and the Logic of Passion

ByPaolo Cossarini, Fernando Vallespín

part I|2 pages

Ordering the Political Realm

chapter 1|16 pages

Political Affects in the Neuroscientific Age

ByManuel Arias Maldonado

chapter 2|18 pages

Populisms and Emotions 1

ByNicolas Demertzis

chapter 3|16 pages

Populism versus Technocracy: Performance, Passions, and Aesthetics 1

ByBenjamin Moffitt

part II|2 pages

Passionate Logic and Discourse in Times of Austerity

chapter 6|13 pages

Populism and the Use of Tropes

ByPaulina Tambakaki

chapter 7|18 pages

Emotions and the Left in Denmark. Towards Left-Wing and Mainstream Populism

ByÓscar García Agustín

part III|2 pages

Passions and Democratic Legitimacy

chapter 9|14 pages

Passion, Excess, and Fear of the Mob: Populism as Ideology

BySimon Tormey

chapter 10|22 pages

Populism and the Restructuring of the Public Sphere 1

ByFernando Vallespín, Máriam M. Bascuñán