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Entrepreneurial Populism and the Radical Centre : Examples from Austria and the Czech Republic

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Year of publication 2017
Type Chapter of a book
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Faculty of Social Studies

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Description Over the past 20 years radical populism has not only proliferated in European party politics but also diversified. Recently, a variant of populism has arisen that we call "entrepreneurial populism". By this we mean primarily political formations competing for public office that are led by charismatic business leaders who claim that their ability to run businesses successfully means they will also be able to run government well. While in the past similar parties have appeared in political systems that were centered on personalities or where the political systems were in turmoil such as in Italy prior to Berlusconi, this time two such parties garnered enough votes to achieve parliamentary representation where these conditions do not apply. The parties ANO 2011 (ANO) and Team Stronach für Österreich (Team Stronach for Austria – TS) entered the Czech and Austrian parliaments respectively in 2013 and were thus successful in countries that are prima facie unlikely candidates for this phenomenon.
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