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democracy’s shadow | books & essays | for europe, against the eu

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democracy’s shadow | books & essays | for europe, against the eu

this is important because while populists target mainstream issues like economic distribution, eu membership, immigration or law and order, they are simultaneously and constantly translating these debates about policy into far more fundamental questions about democratic power, which they often argue has been given to or stolen by elites. this leads us to a point that many find uncomfortable – that at least some of the grievances on which national populism thrives are legitimate. the loss of voice in a political or economic system or a lack of democratic accountability in institutions that operate above the nation state. the politics of faith contends that much greater democratic power should be granted to the people and that only the peopl...