Is the concept of populism a help or a hindrance in understanding complex political dynamics in the Global South? Adele Webb draws on the case of the Philippines to challenge Eurocentric and historically truncated views of populism. Here, she calls for more contextualised readings of populism’s manifestations outside the West
She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Sydney and MSc in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Her research focuses on questions pertaining to how citizens think about democracy, when and why they hold complex attitudes to democracy, and how lived experiences shape and constrain their engagement with democratic processes.
She is also interested in Southeast Asian politics, post-colonial theory, and interpretive methods.
Adele currently leads the University of Canberra’s Connecting to Parliament initiative, together with Ohio State University’s Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability.