Syriza, Trump, Podemos, and Brexit—these and other electoral earthquakes of recent years have been grouped under the term “populism.” But what actually defines populism? Marco Revelli answers the question by getting to grips with the historical dynamics of so-called populist movements. In the early days of democracy, populism sought to represent classes and social layers that asserted their political roles for the first time. In today’s post-democratic climate, it instead expresses the grievances of those who had until recently felt they had a voice. The new populism is the child of an age in which the left has been hollowed out and lost the capacity to offer a true alternative.
“In his book, Marco Revelli aptly defines today’s right-wing populism as a ‘senile disorder’ of liberal democracy, a ‘revolt of the included’ who have been pushed to the margins.”
“If we want to place Trump’s victory in its proper context, I think a good book to read is Marco Revelli’s book.”
“Marco Revelli weaves political theory with sociological analysis to provide the first definitive analysis of post-2008 populism. The New Populism demonstrates that, with the right critical and empirical mindset, it is possible to understand these movements, without either deploring or embracing them.”
“Revelli accurately sees a new populism arising out of the ashes of Social Democracy in Europe and liberalism in the United States. His book is a tour of the rising populist parties and movements and a tour de force in his trenchant analysis of how they came about and where they may be headed.”
“For whoever wants to find their bearings and guard against the seductive power of empty words, I recommend Marco Revelli’s book.”
“A very timely and lucid introduction from one of Italy’s most distinguished social scientists.”