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populism

a political strategy based on a calculated appeal to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people

populism

political movements or political parties which reflect a major disillusionment with conventional political parties and which have, or present themselves as having, the objective of returning political POWER to the mass of the people, e.g. the Narodniks in Russia in the late 19th-century, and the People's Party in the US in the same era. Populist movements have often been anti-urban, anti-industrial movements, and often also anti-big business. Sometimes they have been associated with CONSPIRACY THEORIES. In the 20th-century, the term has been applied to many political parties and to tendencies within political parties, which may be either left-wing or right-wing, e.g. the Peronist movement in Argentina, based on the urban working class, or FASCIST movements such as NATIONAL SOCIALISM in Germany

Some political strategies employed by political parties may also be described as ‘populist’, even where the party as a whole would not usually be referred to as populist, e.g. in Britain, aspects of the strategy of the modern Conservative Party under THATCHERISM.

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This popularist intellectual discourse enabled scholar officials to find a new ground for policy-making and value judgment, as the term gonglun gradually gained the meaning of public opinion designating the correct opinion shared by the majority.
Cassen makes it dear from the beginning that this is neither a conventional archaeological account of our current state of knowledge, nor a popularist guide to these well-known monuments.
However, governments should not simply disregard scientific advice or adopt popularist policies and "fall prey to public fear when it is baseless" (Telstra Corporation Limited v.
Hochschild's excellent craft as a writer and use of primary and secondary sources allows the book to speak to both an academic and popularist audience.
Brendan Nelson began to fill out the picture of what it is that we should find intolerable in an interview with the popularist radio commentator John Laws.
Oh dear, what a popularist viewpoint Cllr Michna attempted to express in his letter regarding the recent demolition of the CSI building, the Acklam Hotel, and the former Odeon Cinema.
In his censorious, popularist and indeed popular sequences of engravings he treats formal music with steady derision, which incidentally increases their burlesque impact.
He said: 'Plaid's idea is both popularist and premature.
It is about two men who are doubles: Richard Lacy, an Irish Protestant landowner, and Francis Riordan, a popularist Catholic leader, are rivals in politics, and both are in love with the same lady.
Jews have the potential of getting involved in the overthrowing of the fascist regimes and in the stabilization of the popularist democratic governments throughout the area.
While the colonial state attempted to eradicate urban Islam, where ulema (the teachers) and the qadi (jurists) established during the Ottoman Turkish control, played a key role giving dominance to rural-based popularist Islam focused on local charismatic leaders, or marabouts, located in organized communities called Zawiya.
Tired of abortion being used as a popularist political tool, and frustrated by the lack of support, reform advocates have undertaken a three-pronged approach.