Populism and Democracy

Course Information
TitleΛαϊκισμός και Δημοκρατία / Populism and Democracy
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorYannis Stavrakakis
Course ID600014086

Programme of Study: UPS School of Political Sciences (2014-today)

Registered students: 77
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective CoursesWinter/Spring-4

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Category
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
With the successful completion of this course, students: (1) will be familiarised with the historical background of the populist phenomenon and with its various theoretical interpretations. (2) will be able to employ effectively the conceptual apparatus of political science and the relevant skills. (3) will be able to move easily between the theoretical level and its corresponding conceptual constellation and the level of empirical analysis (with emphasis in comparative analysis). (4) will be in a position to understand the complexity of political phenomena and to grasp the multiple levels in which democratic institutions operate - and the function of populism within their framework.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
During the last decades, populism has emerged as one of the areas in which theoretical reflection and empirical research is increasingly strengthened within political science. In this particular course, we purport to illuminate crucial aspects of this phenomenon, placing emphasis in the consistent attempts to construct a rigorous framework for its interpretation, as well as in the comparative analysis of particular case-studies. We will focus on the relationship between populism, democracy and representation, on the function of populist movements and parties within Western Europen political systems, as well as on the role of systemic anti-populist discourses in demonising populism.
populism, anti-populism, democracy, discourse
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Course Organization
Reading Assigment491.8
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities100.4
Student Assessment
Assessment takes place through the submission of an essay at the end of the semester and with a seminar presentation throughout its duration. Written examinations are organised only during the September examination period.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Σταυρακάκης, Γιάννης, Λαϊκισμός: Μύθοι, στερεότυπα και αναπροσανατολισμοί, Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις ΕΑΠ, 2019. Mudde, Cas & Rovira Kaltwasser, Cristóbal, Λαϊκισμός: Μια σύντομη εισαγωγή, Θεσσαλονίκη: Επίκεντρο, 2017.
Additional bibliography for study
Badiou, Alain, Bourdieu, Pierre, Butler, Judith, Rancière, Jacques, κ.ά., Τι είναι λαός; μτφρ. Γ. Καράμπελας, Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις του Εικοστού Πρώτου, 2014. Ειδικό τεύχος περιοδικού Σύγχρονα Θέματα, Θεματικός Φάκελος: «Λαϊκισμός και Δημοκρατία» (επιμ. Γ. Σταυρακάκης, Γ. Κατσαμπέκης, Γ. Ανανιάδης), τχ. 110, 2010. Ειδικό τεύχος περιοδικού Επιστήμη και Κοινωνία, Θεματικός Πυρήνας: «Νεο-Λαϊκισμός», τχ. 12, 2004. Επιστημονικό Συμπόσιο, Λαϊκισμός στην Ιστορία, την Τέχνη, την Πολιτική, Αθήνα: Ίδρυμα Μωραΐτη, 2016. Laclau, Ernesto, Πολιτική και ιδεολογία στη μαρξιστική θεωρία: Καπιταλισμός, λαϊκισμός, φασισμός, μτφρ. Γρ. Ανανιάδης, Θεσσαλονίκη: Σύγχρονα Θέματα, 1983. Mouffe, Chantal, Το δημοκρατικό παράδοξο, μτφρ. Αλ. Κιουπκιολής, Αθήνα: Πόλις, 2004. Mudde, Cas & Rovira Kaltwasser, Cristóbal (επιμ.) Λαϊκισμός στην Ευρώπη και την Αμερική. Απειλή ή διόρθωση για τη δημοκρατία; μτφρ. Π. Ασλανίδης, Θεσσαλονίκη: Επίκεντρο, 2013. Μουζέλης, Νίκος, Λίποβατς, Θάνος & Σπουρδαλάκης, Μιχάλης, Λαϊκισμός και πολιτική, Αθήνα: Γνώση, 1989. Πανταζόπουλος, Ανδρέας, Λαϊκισμός και εκσυγχρονισμός 1965-2005. Απορίες και κίνδυνοι μιας μαχητικής συμβίωσης, Αθήνα: Βιβλιοπωλείον της Εστίας, 2011. Rancière, Jacques, Το μίσος για τη δημοκρατία: Πολιτική, δημοκρατία, χειραφέτηση, μτφρ. Β. Ιακώβου, Αθήνα: Πεδίο, 2010. Σεβαστάκης, Νικόλας & Σταυρακάκης, Γιάννης, Λαϊκισμός, αντιλαϊκισμός και κρίση, Αθήνα: Νεφέλη, 2012.
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