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February 14, 2024

🔮 Populism and the public sector in Italy

Anna Longhini
Anna Longhini argues that in the relationship between citizens and bureaucrats, we find the seeds of populist ideology, which characterises the former as the 'pure people' and the latter as the 'corrupt elite'. Italy is a useful case in point. There, attempts to reform the public sector have failed to stem the spread of populist ideology
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February 9, 2024

🔮 Populist polarisation might benefit democracy – as Southeast Asia suggests

Diego Fossati
We typically associate populism with corrosive partisan polarisation. Indeed, populist rhetoric often denigrates opponents as 'enemies of the people'. But while polarisation can have negative effects on democracy, Diego Fossati argues that it may also bring unexpected benefits. Using cases from Southeast Asia, he offers some convincing evidence
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February 6, 2024

🔮 From radical to mainstream: the ruling populists in Serbia

Dušan Spasojević
Using the example of the Serbian Progressive Party, Dušan Spasojević shows how populism can be driven by blurred ideological standpoints. At the same time, it can occupy a centrist position in the party system and enter the political mainstream
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January 26, 2024

🔮 How populists damage governments

Mauricio I. Dussauge-Laguna
Little by little, scholarship on populism and public policy and administration has shown that populists in government cause significant damage to government institutions and policy processes. Mauricio I. Dussauge-Laguna argues that Mexico’s experience under president López Obrador reinforces these findings and adds fresh (if discouraging) evidence to the argument
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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'
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