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Timely, concise and clear. Elements of populism can be found in many political movements. But as the author shows, put them all together and the results can be tragic and a threat to democracy. Well written and a good narrator
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
What is Populism is a well-argued opinion that presents the theory of populism and its connection to pluralism. The argument is supported through the use of world history, both past and recent, as well as the misconceptions held by society – specifically voters (aka “The People”). This audiobook was well written, presented the argument well and was supported by facts although also vague about some aspects. Drawing upon the recent Presidential campaigns, Jan-Werner Muller demonstrates how populists claim to identify with the people and rejects everyone else. Ultimately, this is a political theory that is well supported but not necessarily for everyone.
The narrator, Simon Vance performed the audiobook well, he was clear and concise in his performance. His voice was steady and strong; there were no indications of whether he supported the book’s theories or not, he was very professional.
There were no issues with the audio quality or production of this book.
Please note, that as a listener of audiobooks I enjoy fiction and some non-fiction books. While this was not an audiobook I would normally have agreed to listen to, I did find it interesting and informative.
Audiobook was purchased for review by the publisher.
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4 of 6 people found this review helpful
While the term 'populist' doesn't have a proper definition yet in academia Muller still provides insight on populism by sharing characteristics that are shared by populist movements around the world. He talks about the leaders, the political system, the populist voter base, and more to give the reader a good introduction as to why populists rise and why people vote for them. It's a balanced book that also points to faults at the modern democracy and gives suggestions as to how to prevent populism.