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Critical theory and demagogic populism

Paul K. Jones


Critical theory and demagogic populism provides a detailed analysis of the relevance of the Frankfurt School’s work to understanding contemporary populism. It draws on the research that the Institute for Social Research conducted concerning domestic demagogues during its period of ‘exile’ in the USA. The book argues that the figure of the demagogue has been neglected in both orthodox ‘populism studies’ and in existing critical approaches to populism such as that of Ernesto Laclau. Demagogic ‘capture’ of populist movements and their legacies is thus a contingent prospect for ‘left’ and ‘right’ ... More

Keywords: populism, modern demagogue, culture industry, Frankfurt School, critical theory, Adorno, cultural populism, psychotechnic, popular art

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781526123435
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7765/9781526123442


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul K. Jones, author
Australian National University