TITLE

The Populist Conception of Democracy beyond Popular Sovereignty

AUTHOR(S)
Corduwener, Pepijn
PUB. DATE
October 2014
SOURCE
Journal of Contemporary European Research;2014, Vol. 10 Issue 4, p423
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
With populist parties making electoral progress across the European continent, the question of what their electoral success means for contemporary democratic systems has gained increasing significance. This article investigates how two populist radical right parties, the Austrian FPÖ and the Dutch PVV, conceptualise democracy, based on a wide range of party documents released over recent decades. It builds upon recent academic consensus that the relationship between populism and democracy is best understood from a 'minimalist' perspective, seeing populism not as antagonistic to democracy, but as an ideology that conceptualises democracy primarily in terms of popular sovereignty. The article adds to the existing literature by demonstrating that we can extend this understanding of the populist conception of democracy in three aspects: the populist emphasis on state neutrality; a twofold notion of equality; and the extension of the political sphere in society. Based upon these three issues, the article concludes by exploring how the populist conception of democracy relates to the most dominant form of democracy practised nowadays, liberal democracy, and to what extent it reflects changes in our democratic political culture.
ACCESSION #
99856029

 

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