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‘Techno-populism’ as a new party family: the case of the Five Star Movement and Podemos

‘Techno-populism’ as a new party family: the case of the Five Star Movement and Podemos Democratic politics in Southern Europe have been shaken by the emergence of the Five Star Movement (M5S) in Italy and Podemos in Spain. Initially dismissed as protest movements, both point to broader structural transformations taking place within the region’s political systems. Focusing on three dominant notions in the literature, ‘anti-system’, ‘anti-establishment’ and ‘populist’ party types, this article critically discusses each of these conceptual categories. It finds that none of them captures the originality of these movements, namely their combination of ‘populist’ and ‘technocratic’ conceptions of politics and modes of presentation. Revisiting the term ‘techno-populism,’ this article recasts it as a new party family. As well as shedding light on the distinctive nature of the M5S and Podemos, this article aims to contribute to defining a broader ‘ideal-type’ of techno-populism, which can serve as the basis for a new research agenda combining work on technocracy, populism and political parties. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Italian Politics Taylor & Francis

‘Techno-populism’ as a new party family: the case of the Five Star Movement and Podemos

‘Techno-populism’ as a new party family: the case of the Five Star Movement and Podemos

Contemporary Italian Politics , Volume 10 (2): 19 – May 4, 2018

Abstract

Democratic politics in Southern Europe have been shaken by the emergence of the Five Star Movement (M5S) in Italy and Podemos in Spain. Initially dismissed as protest movements, both point to broader structural transformations taking place within the region’s political systems. Focusing on three dominant notions in the literature, ‘anti-system’, ‘anti-establishment’ and ‘populist’ party types, this article critically discusses each of these conceptual categories. It finds that none of them captures the originality of these movements, namely their combination of ‘populist’ and ‘technocratic’ conceptions of politics and modes of presentation. Revisiting the term ‘techno-populism,’ this article recasts it as a new party family. As well as shedding light on the distinctive nature of the M5S and Podemos, this article aims to contribute to defining a broader ‘ideal-type’ of techno-populism, which can serve as the basis for a new research agenda combining work on technocracy, populism and political parties.

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Taylor & Francis
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© The Founding Editors, Contemporary Italian Politics
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2324-8831
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2324-8823
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10.1080/23248823.2018.1472919
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Abstract

Democratic politics in Southern Europe have been shaken by the emergence of the Five Star Movement (M5S) in Italy and Podemos in Spain. Initially dismissed as protest movements, both point to broader structural transformations taking place within the region’s political systems. Focusing on three dominant notions in the literature, ‘anti-system’, ‘anti-establishment’ and ‘populist’ party types, this article critically discusses each of these conceptual categories. It finds that none of them captures the originality of these movements, namely their combination of ‘populist’ and ‘technocratic’ conceptions of politics and modes of presentation. Revisiting the term ‘techno-populism,’ this article recasts it as a new party family. As well as shedding light on the distinctive nature of the M5S and Podemos, this article aims to contribute to defining a broader ‘ideal-type’ of techno-populism, which can serve as the basis for a new research agenda combining work on technocracy, populism and political parties.

Journal

Contemporary Italian PoliticsTaylor & Francis

Published: May 4, 2018

Keywords: Five Star Movement; Podemos; political parties; populism; anti-system

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