The Challenge of Populism: The Rise of Right-Wing Democratism in Postwar America

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Direct democracy is on the rise in America, according to recent research on referendum, initiative, and recall. This book presents a qualitative analysis of America's current trend toward populism. By tracing the intellectual origins of present populist movements, Michael P. Federici explores the extent to which such movements complement the American Constitutional tradition. In particular, he analyzes post-World War II, right-wing populism--its emergence, characteristics, and historical roots. Throughout this work, Federici reflects on the meaning of democracy; he warns that right-wing populism is not compatible with the American Constitutional tradition.

Federici distinguishes between two types of democracy--constitutional and plebiscitary--which have opposed each other since the time of America's founding fathers. He believes this larger debate must be explored in order to understand the current rise of populism in the United States. Federici argues that plebiscitary democracy is strongly related to populism and that it presents a challenge to the Constitutional tradition. He uncovers the roots of right-wing populism in three arenas: economics, religion, and foreign policy. This book offers important insights for journalists, students, and scholars of American history, social movements, sociology, and democracy.

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An analysis of America's trend toward direct democracy, this book places today's populist movements in their historical context. Federici reflects on the meaning of democracy by examining strains of populism and how they relate to America's Constitutional tradition.

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Michael P. Federici is a professor of political science at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in Politics from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and his B.S. in Economics from Elizabethtown College.
Federici has published three books,  The Challenge of Populism (1991),  Eric Voegelin: The Restoration of Order (2002)  The Political Philosophy of Alexander Hamilton (2012), and several articles and book reviews. He is co-editor of the forthcoming  The Culture of Immodesty in American Life and Politics: The Modest Republic to be published by Palgrave-Macmillan in June 2013. He served as project director for two Teaching American History Grants from the U.S. Department of Education from 2004-2008.

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