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Technopopulism: The New Logic of Democratic Politics

Christopher J. Bickerton and Carlo Invernizzi Accetti


Technocratic appeals to expertise and populist invocations of ‘the people’ have become mainstays of political competition in established democracies. This development is best understood as the emergence of technopopulism—a new political logic that is being superimposed on the traditional struggle between left and right. Political movements and actors—such as Italy’s Five Star Movement and France’s La Républiqe En Marche—combine technocratic and populist appeals in a variety of ways, as do more established parties that are adapting to the particular set of incentives and constraints implicit in ... More

Keywords: technocracy, populism, democracy, political parties, political competition, party systems, crisis, representation, mediation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198807766
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198807766.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher J. Bickerton, author
Reader in Modern European Politics, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge

Carlo Invernizzi Accetti, author
Associate Professor in Political Theory, City College of New York (CUNY)