Populism and International Relations

eisaI am the section co-convenor with Omer Tekdemir of S32 Populism and International Relations at EISAPEC19 (13th EISA Pan-European Conference on International Relations), organised by EISA at Sofia, Bulgaria.


The current rise of populism in an international political sphere is an outcome of the organic crisis of the post-Fordist neoliberal capitalism, liberal democracy, and the Westphalian nation-state model. In the post-Cold War era, the global establishment redesigned the transnational institutional system in a new hegemonic articulation. The antagonism had disappeared that caused an emerging of a post-politics globe, hence no alternative to the neoliberal globalisation during the lack of agonistic debate and the US ascendancy in a unipolar world order. The post-liberal authoritarian leadership starts to replace the universality of human rights while Europe was losing her geopolitical status.

In such post-democracy times, the many/underdogs could not have their voice and practice a popular sovereignty against the global oligarchy. This total consensus that triggered ‘the people’ seek for an alternative choice and build a counter-hegemonic emancipatory struggle in every single country. The collective political passion and its common effects in the multiple world regions mobilised by the right-wing or left-wing populist movements within versus the neoliberal globalisation whether in a regressive or progressive form. Therefore, the international politics redraws the political frontier between ‘Us’ and ‘Them’, in a discursive populist strategy through constructing a new collective identity.

This section seeks contributions to the cross-disciplinary analysis of the rising tide of populism, international relations, and socio-political movements around the globe from a variety of theoretical backgrounds and both established and emerging scholars in order to develop a critical understanding of the populist moment. Contributions can focus on, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Political Theory, Hegemony, and Global Rise of Populism
  • The International Political Economy of Populism
  • New Social Movements, Democracy, and Populism
  • The MENA Region, Religion, and Populism
  • Foreign Policy, Ethics, and Populism
  • Globalisation, Nationalism, and Populism
  • Feminism, Queer Theory, and Populism
  • International Security, Migration, and Populism