Long seen as divergent in nature, the fields of populist studies and social movement analysis have rarely been the focus of cross-disciplinary research. This paper, by encouraging such convergence makes two significant contributions to the study of populism.
First, it develops a conceptual framework which combines populist theory with the historical-sociological theory of abeyance.
Second, using primary and secondary sources of both a textual and visual nature, it applies this framework to a case study of North Italian populist regionalism and in doing so takes a diachronic approach to populism.
This allows for a clearer understanding of not only of the decline of certain populist movements, but also how these movements’ repertoires are transmitted between separate waves of activism.
This seminar is part of the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies Research Seminar Series 2019-20. This will take place online via Teams.
Dr George Newth is a Lecturer (Teaching) in Politics within the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies at the University of Bath.