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January 25, 2024

Authoritarian U-turns in some countries, but not others

Gülşen Doğan Over the past two years, the number of people living under populist governments has dropped by 800 million. Why? Gülşen Doğan explains the factors helping to overturn authoritarian rule, and reveals why authoritarian leaders have been unseated in some countries, but not in others Read more
January 24, 2024

🔮 Unveiling the geographical dimension of populist radical-right voting

Dominik Kevický At the 2023 ECPR General Conference in Prague, Dominik Kevický and Jonáš Suchánek noticed hundreds of political scientists questioning the 'whys', 'whos', and 'hows' of the populist radical right. Here, they argue that we shouldn't overlook the 'wheres', offering a spatial perspective on populist radical-right voting Read more
January 18, 2024

🔮 The next UK election is a done deal… unless the populist left steps in

Edward Goodger In the UK, consistent double-digit leads in the polls suggest that Keir Starmer’s Labour Party is now a government-in-waiting. But has Labour’s abandonment of radical leftism left it vulnerable? Edward Goodger explores the prospect of a populist-left resurgence and its potential to transform the approaching general election Read more
January 16, 2024

🔮 The Sweden Democrats: no longer outsiders, but still stigmatised

Niklas Bolin Many right-wing populists are no longer considered outsiders, and are increasingly participating in or supporting governments. Yet many voters may still not perceive them as being similar to other parties. Niklas Bolin examines the enduring impact of stigmatisation, and considers how it affects the Sweden Democrats Read more
January 11, 2024

🔮 The geography of European populism: unveiling nuances beyond stereotypes 

Mirko Crulli Mirko Crulli questions the cliché that populism thrives only in ‘left-behind’ places. While populist parties, especially radical-right ones, are typically stronger in peripheral and low-density areas, populist strongholds exist within thriving cities. Several factors, including composition, context, and place-based identities, help explain geographic variations in populist support across contemporary Europe Read more
January 9, 2024

Is a far-right populist wave breaking in South America?

Carlos José Cruz Infante Elections loom for Chile and Colombia in 2025 and 2026. Carlos José Cruz Infante explores voters' growing disillusionment with leftist governments and the increasing attraction of figures like José Antonio Kast and María Fernanda Cabal. These politicians' hard-right populist messages echo Donald Trump’s empty call to ‘Make America Great Again’ Read more
January 4, 2024

🔮 Science-related populism and populist electoral performance

Fabio Bordignon Fabio Bordignon explores the relationship between pseudoscientific beliefs and support for populist parties. This link, he argues, changes according to the political trajectories of populist actors and their paths toward institutions Read more
December 29, 2023

🔮 How populism and nativism matter for minorities

Dragana Svraka Dragana Svraka investigates the link between populism and nativism in politics today. She focuses on the societal divisions at the centre of these concepts, and the threat to minorities who populists cast as 'outsiders' Read more

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