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Book review: Technopopulism: The new logic of democratic politics

Book review: Technopopulism: The new logic of democratic politics Book review European Journal of Social Theory 2022, Vol. 25(1) 189–193 ª The Author(s) 2021 Book review Article reuse guidelines: sagepub.com/journals-permissions DOI: 10.1177/13684310211009034 journals.sagepub.com/home/est Christopher J Bickerton and Carlo Invernizzi Accetti. Technopopulism: The new logic of democratic politics. London: Oxford University Press, 2021, pp. 244, £75. ISBN: 9780198807766 (hbk) Bickerton and Invernizzi Accetti’s style is as paradoxical as the concept they invent. They manage to condense complex ideas and varied information into a slim text, while remaining accessible and enjoyable to read. They make exciting and sweeping claims, while presenting them systematically and cautiously. They are comprehensive, yet com- pendious. Not only do they bring together Maurice Duverger, Peter Mair, Seymour Martin Lipset, Francis Fukuyama, Roberto Michels, Cas Mudde and Ernesto Laclau, but they also manage to connect Matteo Salvini, Tony Blair, Nicolas Sarkozy and Pablo Iglesias. Above all, Technopopulism’s virtue is in weaving a convincing explanatory narrative by connecting a vast array of dots. From traditional literature on social clea- vages to recent political theory, a broad assortment of ideas are distilled to back up the book’s central thesis: That democratic societies are living in the age of technopopulism. Bickerton and Invernizzi Accetti’s concept of technopopulism synthesises technoc- http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Social Theory SAGE

Book review: Technopopulism: The new logic of democratic politics

European Journal of Social Theory , Volume 25 (1): 5 – Feb 1, 2022

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© The Author(s) 2021
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1368-4310
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1461-7137
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10.1177/13684310211009034
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Book review European Journal of Social Theory 2022, Vol. 25(1) 189–193 ª The Author(s) 2021 Book review Article reuse guidelines: sagepub.com/journals-permissions DOI: 10.1177/13684310211009034 journals.sagepub.com/home/est Christopher J Bickerton and Carlo Invernizzi Accetti. Technopopulism: The new logic of democratic politics. London: Oxford University Press, 2021, pp. 244, £75. ISBN: 9780198807766 (hbk) Bickerton and Invernizzi Accetti’s style is as paradoxical as the concept they invent. They manage to condense complex ideas and varied information into a slim text, while remaining accessible and enjoyable to read. They make exciting and sweeping claims, while presenting them systematically and cautiously. They are comprehensive, yet com- pendious. Not only do they bring together Maurice Duverger, Peter Mair, Seymour Martin Lipset, Francis Fukuyama, Roberto Michels, Cas Mudde and Ernesto Laclau, but they also manage to connect Matteo Salvini, Tony Blair, Nicolas Sarkozy and Pablo Iglesias. Above all, Technopopulism’s virtue is in weaving a convincing explanatory narrative by connecting a vast array of dots. From traditional literature on social clea- vages to recent political theory, a broad assortment of ideas are distilled to back up the book’s central thesis: That democratic societies are living in the age of technopopulism. Bickerton and Invernizzi Accetti’s concept of technopopulism synthesises technoc-

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Published: Feb 1, 2022

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