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Populism as narrative, myth making, and the ‘logic’ of political emotions

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dc.contributor.author Ungureanu, Camil
dc.contributor.author Popartan, Alexandra
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-14T07:09:37Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-14T07:09:37Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Ungureanu C, Popartan A. Populism as narrative, myth making, and the ‘logic’ of political emotions. Journal of the British Academy. 2020 Feb 24;8(1 Suppl A Mediterranean perspective on European Union and disunion):37–43. DOI: 10.5871/jba/008s1.037
dc.identifier.issn 2052–7217
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/54823
dc.description.abstract ‘Populism’ has become one of the most confusing terms in debates in academia and the public sphere. In this paper, we distinguish between formal and substantive approaches to populism (for example, Ernesto Laclau’s formal ontology and the widespread view of populism as a ‘thin ideology’), and argue that they are one-sided: the formal approach that sets aside any questions of discursive content turns ‘populism’ into an ahistorical and catch-all concept; in turn, the substantive approach focused on ideological content tends to overlook the centrality of antagonistic political emotions and myth making in the current populist dynamic, namely its anti-ideological component. As a result, we look beyond the formal–substantive dichotomy and consider the dominant populism as a specific type of political narrative; key to this perspective are narrative patterns, political myth making and a constitutive ‘logic’ of affective intensification.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher British Academy
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of the British Academy. 2020 Feb 24;8(1 Suppl A Mediterranean perspective on European Union and disunion):37–43
dc.rights © The author(s) 2020. This is an open access article licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 Unported License.
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.title Populism as narrative, myth making, and the ‘logic’ of political emotions
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/jba/008s1.037
dc.subject.keyword Populism
dc.subject.keyword Ontology
dc.subject.keyword Ideology
dc.subject.keyword Political narrative
dc.subject.keyword Political emotions
dc.subject.keyword Ernesto Laclau
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