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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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He said: "The parliamentarians have decided heading into an election year that it's good to raise populist measures and what they're doing is driving up delinquencies and not helping us fix them.
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From the moment the populist movement emerged in Dresden in eastern Germany in October 2014 and subsequently managed to attract a growing following at its Monday marches, analysts and politicians have struggled to understand and identify a phenomenon that is typically German and, at the same time, part of a much wider movement across Europe.
She is politically naive at local and national level so maybe it is time for her to define her political agenda to the electorate and not just breeze along gathering populist votes .
Ukip's success also points to the bigger issue of European politics being toxified by xenophobic populist reactionaries.
No longer will Farage, with a confidence trickster's smirk on his face, be able to simply mouth some populist ideas.
Not since Al Smith let the sidewalks of New York to climb the Empire State Building--the only known instance of a man making a descent up 103 stories--has the New York Democracy had a populist air.
Rather, populism is a thoroughly moralized conception of politics, and a populist is a politician who claims that he or she -- and only he or she -- truly represents the people, thus relegating all political opponents to the role of iniquitous pretenders.
You should count their own children and realize that the Macedonian new populist elite do not feel this way and that the idea of a large family should apply for them as well.
The unofficial and uninspiring leader of this grouping, Senator Elizabeth Warren, summarized the "radical" populist platform of these reborn Democrat revolutionaries, doing her drab best to inject life into a zombie political party: "We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we're willing to fight for it.
Ruth WodakThe rise of right-wing populist movements across Europe has started to concern not only European governments but also other countries around the world.