Thursday, June 2nd, 2022 Identifying the People: Populism and its Alternative

Thursday, June 2, 20224:00PM - 6:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7


Populism is both an unavoidably blurred and an essentially contested concept. Peter Kraus argues that both for political and analytical purposes, the key criterion for distinguishing between “progressive” and “regressive” projects that address the crisis of democracy by invoking the people is how peoplehood is articulated in the process of collective mobilization. Differences between monist and pluralist strategies are of particular relevance in the context of the intense current debates on how to address issues of diversity and political integration on both sides of the Atlantic. To substantiate this point, Kraus brings into focus two recent empirical examples of non-populist approaches to articulating the people: Catalan sovereignism and the Turkish-Kurdish HDP.


Peter Kraus
Professor of Political Science and Head of the Institute for Canadian Studies at the University of Augsburg Joan Coromines Visiting Professor in Catalan Studies at the University of Chicago

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