Populist Law and Legal Definition

Populism is a political ideology, the central tenet of which is the conviction that governments ought to concern themselves with providing the conditions for the greatest good for the greatest number. Populists typically are opposed to both oligarchy, or government by the few, and plutocracy, or government by the wealthy.

In modern usage, being a populist, has become a political tactic. The term represents a political party member seeking to represent the interests of ordinary people. A politician merely claims he is seeking to represent the interests of ordinary people, or that he is one of them.