State transformation and populism: from the internationalized to the neo-sovereign state?

Chryssogelos, Angelos (2018) State transformation and populism: from the internationalized to the neo-sovereign state? Politics. ISSN 0263-3957

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This article conceptualizes populism as a discourse of international relations that arises as response to state transformation, a phenomenon that encompasses changes in both state-society relations and the norms defining the appropriate practice of statehood. The current surge of populism is a response to one such transformation: the internationalization of state elites and their insulation from popular scrutiny. Populism does not simply address material and cultural dislocations that internationalization entails. Crucially, its distinct discursive logic allows these partial social demands to adopt the moral claim to representation of the ‘real people’ and so counter the universality of the norms that underpin state transformation. Beyond the current conjuncture of state internationalization, this conceptualization accommodates iterations of populism in various regional and historical contexts of state transformation, making it a promising basis for the further comparative study of populism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: discourse, globalization, nationalism, populism, state transformation
Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Social Sciences (to June 2021)
School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Angelos Chryssogelos
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 14:55
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2019 14:55


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