Populism and Liberalism: Opposition or Inflection?

Populism is often presented in opposition to the liberal international order in general and the European Union in particular. It will be argued here, on the contrary, that populism is an inflection of the liberal order, purporting but failing to fill in the void that this order has created and maintained in its own authoritarian fashion. The relationship between populism and liberalism may turn out to be less one of antagonism than of mutual dependence.