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12 Italian J. Pub. L. 400 (2020)
Democracy under Siege: The Populist Factor in the Contemporary Crisis of Constitutional Democracies

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  DEMOCRACY UNDER SIEGE: THE POPULIST FACTOR IN THE
  CONTEMPORARY CRISIS OF CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACIES



                     Carlo Alberto Ciaralli*



      Abstract
      The  essay analysis the relentless rise of populist political
and cultural phenomenon  in a global perspective and, mainly, in
the political context of EU Member   States. Populism, in XXI
century, represents a  critical challenge for national and EU
institutions and, in a broader  perspective, for representative
democracy  itself. Anyway, in essence, what  is populism?  On
closer inspection, populism is not a monolithic phenomenon, but
it is a  multifactorial experience, where  the usual  political
categories appear undetermined, often mixed  and reassembled.
The  paper  aims  to study,  with  a legal perspective and  a
comparative  and   multidisciplinary approach, some   relevant
populist  political experiences   in  the   EU   space,  their
communicative   and  political strategy, the features of their
leadership, to better understand  its origins, policy contents,
differences among  various  national experiences, political and
social perspectives  and, indeed,  the  impact  on   European
constitutional democracy's principles.














* Post-Doc Research Fellow in Constitutional Law, University G. d'Annunzio
of Chieti-Pescara.

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