Conclusions : Reflections on the lessons learned

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Panizza, Francisco, Ostiguy, Pierre and Moffitt, Benjamin. (2020) Conclusions : Reflections on the lessons learned. In In Panizza, Francisco, Ostiguy, Pierre and Moffitt, Benjamin (Ed.). Populism in global perspective : A performative and discursive approach pp. 255-274 Routledge.
AuthorsPanizza, Francisco, Ostiguy, Pierre and Moffitt, Benjamin
EditorsPanizza, Francisco, Ostiguy, Pierre and Moffitt, Benjamin
Abstract

Form is often also content. Populists, more than any other kind of politicians, are certainly highly aware of this. As Samuel Beckett once wrote: “Here, form is content, content is form. . . . It is not only to be read. It is to be looked at and listened to” (2005, 1067). Form is a way of relating to people; or more accurately, specific forms are ways of relating to specific publics. Form includes rhetoric and style, but also logics, emotions, and affects. That this fundamental and distinctive aspect of the populist mode of identification, apparent to most observers, has gone under-theorized is at the very least surprising—particularly in a context in which the mediated performances of populists, from Donald Trump’s public rallies, Hugo Chávez’s hours-long improvisations on his television show Alo Presidente, and the inflammatory social media behavior of many a populist is understood as central to their political appeal. This volume aims to change this situation by elaborating a distinctive approach to the study of the topic centered on the relational, performative role that populist appeals play in relating to their publics, and in the constitution of popular identities—one that links content and form.

Several years ago, it was common to begin an article on populism stating how little consensus there was on its definition. In European political science in particular, we may now have gone to the other extreme—with perhaps undue consequences for intellectual life. Moreover, the presence of a normative debate around the term should positively be thought of as a source of politically stimulating debates, including in the scholarly world, especially when populism is assessed across global regions.

Page range255-274
Year2020
Book titlePopulism in global perspective : A performative and discursive approach
PublisherRoutledge
Place of publicationNew York
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SeriesConceptualising comparative politics
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