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Chantal Mouffe (Westminster) and Federico Tarragoni (Paris Diderot)
Discussant: Michael Drolet (Worcester College)
Populism is often defined as an ideology that opposes two homogeneous and antagonistic camps, ‘the common people’ versus ‘the corrupt elite’. Populists are seen as a negative image of what liberal democracy is supposed to be: intolerant and refusing pluralism. Other definitions insist on the mobilization and empowerment of the people that populist politics makes possible. The well-known scholar Chantal Mouffe, the leading theoretician of left-wing populism, will debate with Federico Tarragoni, who has recently published a book on the issue (L'esprit démocratique du populisme, 2019). They will discuss the concept and the state of populism at the beginning of the 2020s.
The seminar ‘Antidemocratic Politics vs. Democratizing Democracy: New Political Imaginaries in the 21st Century’ is convened by Eve Gianoncelli and Yves Sintomer (MFO).