Democracy and populism: friend or foe? A review of Cas Mudde and Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser (eds.) Populism in Europe and the Americas. Threat or corrective for democracy? (Cambridge University Press 2012)

Julianna Faludi


As commonly expressed, populism is a synonym of demagogy, or an adjective used to describe and criticize the set of tools of a political movement. The meaning of democracy as constructed by language users is dynamically-changing and contextually bound. The interpretation of these two concepts is even more confused from a historical perspective as both the words democracy and populism have served to indicate a range of (in some cases diverging) phenomena, although they are perceived as being from the same semantic and contextual family.

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ISSN: 2062-087X

DOI: 10.14267/issn.2062-087X