Post-populism: Explaining neo-liberal populism through the habitus

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This paper analyses the success of political leaders who combine a populist style with a neo-liberal agenda to win the support of social sectors that are among the most damaged by neo-liberal policies. The article claims that in countries where a populist movement succeeded in the past to include previously excluded social groups, a populist habitus develops that explains the support given by those same groups to leaders who emerge from those populist movements, even when they pursue neo-liberal policies. The paper compares Israel's Binyamin Netanyahu and Argentina's Carlos Menem to support this claim.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)221-238
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Political Ideologies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations


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