Democracy, populism, and the rule of law: a reconsideration of their interconnectedness

Adamidis, V. ORCID: 0000-0001-6347-5327, 2021. Democracy, populism, and the rule of law: a reconsideration of their interconnectedness. Politics. ISSN 0263-3957

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Popular sovereignty plays a central role in both the democratic and the populist ideology. While democracy’s version of qualified sovereignty is accepted as mutually constitutive with the rule of law, populism’s version of absolute sovereignty is seen as incompatible with this ideal. The article reconsiders this oversimplifying approach. By examining the interaction of these concepts with a nuanced account of the rule of law, it argues for the compatibility of both democracy and populism with different versions of this ideal. While this remains a key distinguishing factor between democracy and populism, the ambiguity of the rule of law still allows populism to claim that it complies with a thin version of this concept.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Politics
Creators: Adamidis, V.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date: 23 August 2021
ISSN: 0263-3957
Rights: © The Author(s) 2021. article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Law School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 20 Sep 2021 08:20
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 08:20

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