Scuola Universitaria Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Abstract: The paper aims to give an account of the actuality of Neumann’s conception of the forms of psychological and political regression in relation to the thematization of populism. In particular, the paper aims to develop a conception of populism as regression starting form Neumann’s theoretical insights. The psychoanalytical sides of Neumann’s political theory is here analyzed starting from his essay Angst und Politik. Neumann’s conception of the forms of political anxiety in the contest of right radical political movements is developed looking at the current debate on the forms of contemporary populism, including the conception of Chantal Mouffe and his interpretation of Carl Schmitt’s theory of political.
Keywords: Populism; Regression; Political Anxiety; Franz Neumann; Theory of Conspiracy