Chris Bickerton Defines Technopopulism
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That tension between the politics of the whole and the politics of the part, that tension between the politics of generality and the politics of particularity, is really at the heart of party democracy. What we are sort of trying to capture, I suppose, with technopopulism is to think of a form of politics where that tension has simply gone.

Chris Bickerton

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Key Highlights Include

- Chris describes Technopopulism through an explanation of the Five Star Movement in Italy

- We discuss how populists and technologists consider expertise

- How technopopulism is different from classic interest-based politics

- We discuss ANO and the Pirate Party in the Czech Republic

- Barak Obama is analyzed in the lens of technopopulism

- Chris explains how he thinks we can move beyond technopopulism

Chris Bickerton is a reader of of Modern European Politics at the University of Cambridge. Alongside Carlo Invernizzi Accetti, he is the coauthor of Technopopulism: The New Logic of Democratic Politics.  He is also a frequent panelist on Talking Politics.

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Technopopulism: The New Logic of Democratic Politics by Christopher Bickerton and Carlo Invernizzi Accetti

"Understanding the Illiberal Turn: Democratic Backsliding in the Czech Republic" by Seán Hanley and Milada Anna Vachudova

Five Star Movement at Wikipedia

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