Popularist vs. Populist

By Jaxson

  • Populist

    Populism is a political philosophy supporting the rights and power of the people in their struggle against a privileged elite. Critics of populism have described it as a political approach that seeks to disrupt the existing social order by solidifying and mobilizing the animosity of the “commoner” or “the people” against “privileged elites” and the “establishment”. Populists can fall anywhere on the traditional left–right political spectrum of politics and often portray both bourgeois capitalists and socialist organizers as unfairly dominating the political sphere.

    Political parties and politicians often use the terms “populist” and “populism” as pejoratives against their opponents. Such a view sees populism as demagogy, merely appearing to empathize with the public through rhetoric or unrealistic proposals in order to increase appeal across the political spectrum.

    Populism is most common in democratic nations and political scientist Cas Mudde wrote: “Many observers have noted that populism is inherent to representative democracy; after all, do populists not juxtapose ‘the pure people’ against ‘the corrupt elite’?”.

  • Popularist (adjective)

    Reflecting popular taste and opinion.

  • Popularist (noun)

    An artist or composer whose work appeals to popular tastes.

  • Popularist (noun)

    One who adapts and popularizes a subject.

  • Popularist (noun)

    On who advocates populism.

  • Popularist (noun)

    One who explains social phenomena in terms of popular responses and habits.

  • Populist (noun)

    A person who advocates populism (a movement against ruling elites who are presumed not to act in the interests of the ordinary citizen).

  • Populist (noun)

    A politician who advocates specific policies just because they are popular.

  • Populist (noun)

    A person who advocates democratic principles.

  • Populist (adjective)


  • Populist (adjective)

    Put forward just because it would be popular.

  • Populist (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to populism.

  • Populist (noun)

    a person, especially a politician, who strives to appeal to ordinary people who feel that their concerns are disregarded by established elite groups

    “he ran as a populist on an anti-corruption platform”

    “right-wing populists seem poised to make electoral gains”

  • Populist (adjective)

    relating to or characteristic of a political approach that strives to appeal to ordinary people who feel that their concerns are disregarded by established elite groups

    “a populist opposition leader”

    “populist tabloid newspapers”

    “party leaders plan to reprise the populist rhetoric that they used in the tax fight”

  • Populist (adjective)

    appealing to or aimed at ordinary people

    “it seems their efforts in creating a populist movement for chamber music are paying off”

Oxford Dictionary

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