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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: September 2019

3 - Popularism

from Part I - Conceptual Building Blocks of the Christian Democratic Ideology


This chapter examines the specific conception of political subjectivity on which the Christian Democratic ideology is predicated and the vision of democracy that follows from it. As we will see, Christian Democracy is predicated on a particular interpretation of the category of the “people,” which is distinct at once from the liberal, the republican and the populist ones that dominate contemporary political discourse and theory. From it there follows a distinctive conception of democracy, which also diverges in several significant respects from those corresponding to such labels.