Manifestations of populism in late 5th century Athens

Adamidis, V. ORCID: 0000-0001-6347-5327, 2019. Manifestations of populism in late 5th century Athens. In: D.A. Frenkel and N. Varga, eds., New studies in law and history. Athens: Athens Institute for Education and Research, pp. 11-28. ISBN 9789605982386

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Abstract

In this chapter, by reference to modern research on populism, the manifestations of this phenomenon in fifth century Athens are analysed, while pointing to some legal responses to counter it. Despite the rigorous and comprehensive study of Athenian democracy, surprisingly enough no systematic application of the concept of populism (as defined by modern political theory) to classical Athens has taken place; this chapter aims to fill this gap. My conclusion is that modern political theory on populism can be legitimately applied to contexts other than Western liberal democracies, being particularly suitable for a closer analysis of ancient Athens, while in return, Athenian legal and extralegal responses to populism could provide valuable guidance on how to tame this phenomenon.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Adamidis, V.
Publisher: Athens Institute for Education and Research
Place of Publication: Athens
Date: 2019
ISBN: 9789605982386
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Law School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 14 Jun 2019 14:31
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:05
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/36810

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