THE SNP CAMPAIGNS for office by leveraging a political populism entirely at odds with its identity-politics. How long can this dissonance last?
Professors Matthew Goodwin and Roger Eatwell in their book National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy define National Populism as the following:
“National Populists prioritize the culture and interests of the nation, and promise to give voice to a people who feel that they have been neglected, even held in contempt, by a distant and often corrupt elites.”
They specify the four ‘D’s’ in explaining where it is attached and National Populism finds its roots. High levels of political distrust, perceived destruction of national cultures ways of life and values, anxieties relating to deprivation and lastly dealignment, the process where old bonds between parties and voters weaken.