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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Populism
Populism
Hanspeter Kriesi
Introduction

We are living in a time when the term ‘populism’ has become a buzzword that is used by almost everyone in almost any conceivable situation. The concept has never been known for its exceptional clarity, and academics have characterized it as ‘slippery', ‘chameleonic’ or worse. But today, the populist ‘Zeitgeist’ (Mudde, 2004) has become omnipresent, and the concept of populism has come to be generously used by journalists, public intellectuals and observers of everyday politics – authors of fiction and non-fiction and all sorts of armchair reasoners. Even politicians are increasingly resorting to the term – mainly to characterize their adversaries and to pronounce some dark warnings about the dangers involved in what they see as an ...

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