Populism in politics is often thrown around as a dirty word.
In recent times its gained a couple of prefixes, you can now have left-populism and right-populism. Whereas before populism used to refer to right-populism, a Conservative philosophy of protecting the domestic political arena.
In Australia we're in midst of an election campaign where populism is paramount, we saw it in 96 with what was dubbed the Howard 'small target' strategy and now a near-identical strategy is being employed by Rudd that's been dubbed 'me too'.
The Advantage of the Australian electoral system is that it elects the least unpopular candidate not the most popular but this is still a form of populism.
Thus I ask, is populism a valid political paradigm?