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Panel 2.2. "Genealogy of Populism: Concepts, Ideas and Movements" (Section "Political Theory")
Chair: Damiano Palano
The word "populism" has enjoyed enormous success in the last two decades, and studies on populist movements and leaders have multiplied in the social sciences at an impressive rate. In spite of the term's success, there is no shared conception among scholars of "what" populism is, nor is there a common idea of what its constituent elements are. The difficulties in defining populism also arise from the genealogy of this concept and from the ways in which it was constructed in the last century. The roots of contemporary polysemy of the word are indeed the legacy of a rather complex historical course. Quite singularly, however, many scholars of populism seem unaware of this genealogy. Critical reflection on the genealogy of the contemporary concept of populism has not been adequately developed by specialized literature, and this absence contributes to consolidating an acritical use of the concept.