Populism and Liberal Democracy: Populists in Government in Austria, Italy, Poland and Switzerland

Albertazzi, Daniele; Müller, Sean (2013). Populism and Liberal Democracy: Populists in Government in Austria, Italy, Poland and Switzerland. Government and opposition, 48(3), pp. 343-371. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/gov.2013.12

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The enduring electoral success of populist parties across Europe and the increasing opportunities they have gained to access government in recent years bring once more into relief the question of whether populism and democracy are fully compatible. In this article we show how, despite playing different roles in government within very different political systems, and despite the numerous constraints placed upon them (for instance, EU membership, international law and domestic checks and balances), populist parties consistently pursued policies that clashed with fundamental tenets of liberal democracy. In particular, the idea that the power of the majority must be limited and restrained, the sanctity of individual rights and the principle of the division of powers have all come under threat in contemporary Europe. This has contributed to the continuing erosion of the liberal consensus, which has provided one of the fundamental foundations of the European project from its start.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Müller, Sean

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0017-257X

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Sean Müller

Date Deposited:

05 Nov 2014 11:18

Last Modified:

12 Dec 2014 17:42

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/gov.2013.12

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.59767

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/59767

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