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The Promise and Perils of Populism


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Introduction: Power to the People? Populism, Insurrections, Democratization Political Theology and Populism Power to Whom? The People between procedure and Populism The people: as representation and event? Insurgencies Don't Have a Plan--They Are the

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Carlos de la Torre is director of international studies and professor of sociology at the University of Kentucky, USA. He is the author or editor of several books, including Latin American Populism in the Twenty-First Century, Populist Seduction in Latin America, and The Ecuador Reader: History, Culture, Politics.


"[T]his volume, the first of its kind really, laid the empirical groundwork for dozens, if not hundreds, of subsequent populism studies.... Its detailed and rich accounts of how political actors around the world construct 'the people' offer timeless analyses and vital starting points for future studies. Its willingness to engage in normative discussions of the (non)democratic nature of contemporary populists serves as an empirical blueprint for both academic scholars and anyone interested in one of the most important political phenomena of the 21st century." -- Populism

"This book can serve as an excellent overview of recent populist theoretical and comparative scholarship since the analysis is comprehensive." -- Commonwealth & Comparative Politics

"[...] For students and academics interested in the study of populism from both a theoretical and an empirical perspective, this volume is a valuable resource indeed." -- Latin American Politics & Society

"Populism is one of the hottest topics in comparative politics and The Promise and Perils of Populism makes a major theoretical and empirical contribution to its study." -- Francisco Panizza, London School of Economics and Political Science

"The current book is a major contribution to such excitement and vibrancy [of the study of populism]." -- Journal of Latin American Studies

"This impressive volume raises the standard of the academic debate on populism to a new level. The book highlights the contemporary political and theoretical importance of a term that -- while conceptually elusive -- it has lost none of its political effectiveness or contemporary relevance." -- Enrique Peruzzotti, coeditor of Critical Theory and Democracy: Civil Society, Dictatorship, and Constitutionalism in Andrew Arato's Democratic Theory

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