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Three Faces of Populism: Movement, Government and Regime

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

WELCOME REMARKS / Michael Ignatieff / President and Rector, CEU

The lecture will present the three main types of political form relied upon by populist actors: movement, government, and regime. I will present my general, ideal typical definition of the phenomenon, and explore its relationship to democratic politics. After describing the three forms, and without postulating an invariable historical sequence, I argue that there is a logical relation among these three forms that involves the steps from movement to government, and from government to regime. Whether these steps will actually be taken will depend on a country’s institutional structure, its electoral rules and processes, and actions by counter movement and political parties. I will investigate finally the relationship to democracy and constitutionalism of the three forms or phases, and the chances of democratic alternatives under each.

Related article appeared in: C. Landfried Judicial Power (Cambridge)

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Reception to follow.