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Many people expected the big political story of 2017 to be about the triumph of populism in Europe.Instead, the biggest story was about self-styled "movements" upending or replacing traditional political parties.Not surprisingly, then, the most innovative political experiments in Europe in recent years have emerged from street protests and mass assemblies that eschewed hierarchical forms of organization.As the Green and feminist movements have shown, a movement can contest traditional forms of politics without claiming to represent "the real people" or the "silent majority".But today's political movements also tend to be less pluralistic than the large parties that have dominated postwar European politics. In the case of Macron and Kurz, each leader has tapped into the sense of dynamism and purpose that is usually a key feature of single-issue movement politics.In Corbyn's case, movement politics could re-establish Labour's progressive credentials, and reverse what many saw as an embrace of neoliberal policies under former Prime Minister Tony Blair. But it would be naive to think that movements alone will make European politics more democratic.
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