TITLE

Democracy and Populism

AUTHOR(S)
Mansfield, Harvey C.
PUB. DATE
July 1995
SOURCE
Society;Jul/Aug95, Vol. 32 Issue 5, p30
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on the threat inherent in populism. In a democratic country such that of the U.S., populism takes many forms which include activism, free press and polls. Whatever forms, populism gives people what they want through adventitious means outside the Constitution. They share a common spirit of impatience, of a people fed up with the usual ways and ready to try something new. Populism undermines democratic legitimacy by making the government timid. It makes the people impatient with constitutional forms and institutions, regarding them as barrier between the people and government. It wants the latter to react more promptly and surely to popular will.
ACCESSION #
9507106195

 

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