Populism, citizenship and migration

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Is the populist view of society limited to the relationship between the people and the elite? Or can it be found in other types of relationships as well? This chapter examines the link between populism, citizenship and immigration, and asks if there is a populist understanding of ‘citizenship’ and ‘the citizen’. To address these questions, it homes in on three key elections during the early-to-late 2000s. The results suggest a populist definition of citizenship has not yet materialised, but the way the PRR conceptualizes the citizen better corresponds to established meanings of populism. The citizen is said to have a unique set of traits, which the non-citizen does not. This peculiar outcome highlights the inherent contradictions of the politics of immigration the PRR pursues. Migrants are encouraged to naturalize but likely to struggle with the criteria of the citizen as they lack certain essential qualities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Citizenship and Migration
EditorsMarco Guigni, Maria Grasso
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781789903133
ISBN (Print)9781789903126
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2021

Publication series

NameElgar Handbooks in Migration
PublisherEdward Elgar


  • citizenship
  • citizen
  • immigration
  • populism
  • radical right


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