Filling the Void, Possessing Power: The Transformative Character of Populist Politics

The paper argues that populism is a celebration of the metaphysics of sovereignty; it reaches this outcome by focusing on the populist form of representation as embodiment, a strategy that promises to overcome the gap that mandate representation creates between the elected and the people. The paper shows that populism emerges as diagnosis and lamentation of this risk, and proposes representation as embodiment as its solution, which turns to be worse than the disease.