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Lecture by Ferran Sáez Mateu

Populism: From Citizen to the People


Populism, says Ferran Sáez Mateu, is the chief threat against the quality of democracy today, both because of the political magnitude of the phenomenon and its unstoppable geographic spread. Studying populism as a language rather than as an ideology and political programme, he tries to discover where it will lead in the medium and long terms.

Although, for many reasons, he does not consider that it is comparable to 1930s fascism, Sáez does see populism as something that, far from being innocuous, is the crystallisation of an involutional global process which western democracies have been undergoing for the last two decades.

Presenters: Albert Lladó

Participants: Ferran Sáez Mateu

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