Vol 20 No 2 (2020)
Democracy, Rights, Normative Systems

The Populist Format. What is it, Why is it there, How to Fix it

Mauro Barberis
University of Trieste
Published December 22, 2020
  • populism,
  • democracy,
  • media system


Current populisms have little to do with “historical” populisms (Russian, American and Latin-American): they are a global and an essentially mediatic phenomenon. By updating the results of two recent books – M. Barberis, No Security Without Freedom (2017) and Id., How Internet Is Killing Democracy (2020) – the populism’s issue is examined here in its three main features: analytical (conceptual, definitory), empirical (psychological, mediatic) and even normative (possible remedies) dimensions.