Populism, Democracy and the Rule of Law

E-Mail Adresse für Einreichungen: norbert.paulo@sbg.ac.at
Deadline: 31.12.2018
Call-Bezeichnung: Call for Papers
Ort: Luzern
Datum: 07.07.2019
Ende: 13.07.2018 --:--

Special Workshop at the IVR World Congress 2019


Convenors: Stephan Kirste (University of Salzburg) & Norbert Paulo (University of Salzburg & University of Graz)


Populism is spreading not only in Europe, but also in North and South America and Asia. For some this is a positive development because populism helps restoring the democratic pillar of government against an anonymous rule of law. Others fear that the recent advent of populism yields a regression of the standards of liberal democracy.

This workshop provides a platform to discuss questions such as these: Is there a clear concept of populism? And if so, is it tied to post-truth thinking? Do we already live in an “Age of Populism”? What techniques do populists apply? What is the role of the classical media as well as of social media or “alternative” media platforms? Is populism a new form of democratic participation – or does it lead to non-political egoism? Are we facing the privatization of the political through populism?

Or, from a normative perspective: How should social philosophers and politicians deal with populism? E.g., should the state be allowed to ban news outlets that systematically produce fake news or conspiracy theories? How does populism relate to individual rights? If populists use democracy to dismantle it, what are liberal means to protect democracy?


Please send your abstract of 300-500 words before December 31, 2018 to norbert.paulo@sbg.ac.at

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