The Changing Faces of Populism: Systemic Challengers in Europe and the US



This book was born out of a joint conference of the three foundations involved. It offers a selection of case studies to reflect the diversity and wide spectrum of populist movements that presently exist in Europe and North America. It provides a snapshot of groups ranging from new street movements and quasi-parliamentary organisations to those that have been somewhat systematised. Populism is both a reaction to, and a product of, the growing distance between citizens and their institutions of governance, whether that is at state or European level. This publication represents an effort to further understand these movements – and the conditions that allow for their growth – through rigorous, multidisciplinary research and empirical analysis. The variety of interpretations contained in this book points to the intractability and complexity of this issue. FEPS, Italianieuropei and CRS hope that this contribution will be a useful reference point for readers and will contribute to better political understanding and democratic consolidation.

Fondazione Italianieuropei
Find all related publications

Youth support for democracy in Spain

Democracy in the face of disadvantage

The Sahel region: A litmus test for EU-Africa relations in a changing global order

'12 years of crises in the Sahel' series

Progressive Yearbook 2023

Looking back to look ahead

Covid-19 crisis

Implications and lessons for European social democracy
Find all related Progressive Post
Progressive Post

Pedro Sánchez, the dam that contains the European right’s taste for the extreme right


Winners cannot be losers: the uncertain outcomes of the Spanish general elections

Find all related events
Madrid, Spain

Youth support for democracy in Spain

Democracy in the face of disadvantage
FEPS HQ (Expert meeting)

Living up to, not leaving aside

The Progressive Strategy towards the elections 2024
01 - 02/12/2023
Stockholm, Sweden (Expert meeting)

Progressive governance seminar

Find all related news

Joint priorities for the Defence of Democracy Package


Europe’s largest Gen Z-focused research ever conducted

Find all related in the media
In the media

‘No one is unemployable’: the French social experiment

by EUobserver 21/03/2023
EUobserver article on unemployment in the EU with a mention to FEPS' policy brief 'A Job Guarantee for Europe.'

The EU’s magic solution

by Euractiv 29/09/2022
Interview with FEPS Secretary General László Andor on the conditionality mechanism to Hungary

Omnibus Dibattito

by La 7 19/05/2022

Mehr als 2 Drittel der jungen Menschen Angst vor einem Krieg in Europa

by STOL 19/05/2022