Between people power and state power: the ambivalence of populism in international relations

Chryssogelos, Angelos (2023) Between people power and state power: the ambivalence of populism in international relations. In: The Routledge Handbook of Populism in Asia Pacific. Indo-Pacific in context . Routledge, Abingdon, Oxfordshire. ISBN 9781003160014

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Once considered exclusively a phenomenon of domestic politics, populism today attracts a strong interest from scholars of international relations and foreign policy. This chapter provides an overview of this literature and explores new avenues of research. It argues that the debate over the impact of populism on international relations has been influenced too much and for too long by the importation in IR and FPA of mainstream approaches on populism from comparative politics, and by an overtly West-centric perspective. The chapter develops in contrast a strategic-discursive conceptualization of populism that paints a more critical picture of populism’s promises of popular emancipation and its relationship with state power and the international order. The chapter demonstrates its argument with a cross-regional comparative probe, placing Asian populism in a global context.

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Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in The Routledge Handbook of Populism in Asia Pacific on 29/09/2023, available online: -- It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way
Uncontrolled Keywords: populism; international relations; foreign policy; discourse; state; globalization
Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Angelos Chryssogelos
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2023 09:32
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2023 10:14

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