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October 27, 2023

🔮 Back to the future of populism?

David Arter
Looking back should be the future direction of populism research, insists David Arter, who holds that political scientists would benefit from using a longer lens when viewing the genealogy of the populist party family
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October 25, 2023

🔮 Exploring structural factors on the demand side of populism

Thomas Kestler
Thomas Kestler highlights the structural conditions of populism. He emphasises that demand-side factors contributing to the rise of populism should not focus solely on the populist electorate and its psychological dispositions. It should also encompass structures of social organisation and integration
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October 20, 2023

🔮 South Africa’s populist EFF stirs up parliamentary affairs

Ainara Mancebo
Recent electoral success for the Economic Freedom Fighters means the global rise of populism has firmly reached South Africa. But Ainara Mancebo cautions that most of EFF's parliamentary efforts are aimed merely at criticising the ruling party, and exposing its failures. EFF pledges to transform the South African economy, she says, ring hollow
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October 13, 2023

🔮 Populists and the press: a toxic relationship

Giulia Sbaraini Fontes
Populists threaten press freedom and, frequently, democracy itself. Giulia Sbaraini Fontes suggests that while news outlets may have a toxic relationship with these politicians, they also harvest immediate commercial benefits themselves, and jeopardise journalism’s credibility and legitimacy
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October 10, 2023

🔮 The deep divisions in left-wing populism in Germany

Jan Philipp Thomeczek
The Left (Die Linke) in Germany is one of the most established left-wing populist parties in Europe. But it may soon experience a split, Jan Philipp Thomeczek argues, as Sahra Wagenknecht may form her own party. He places this within the German historical context, and within that of populist movements more broadly
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October 4, 2023

🔮 Deliberation is no silver bullet for the ‘problem’ of populism

Kristof Jacobs
Kristof Jacobs addresses the ‘myth’ that deliberation will counteract populism, arguing that there seems to be a crucial difference between populist citizens and populist parties. There are indeed reasons to be optimistic when it comes to populist citizens, but far less optimism is warranted when it comes to populist parties
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September 29, 2023

🔮 Three myths about populism in international relations

Angelos Chryssogelos
When thinking about populism in world politics, much mainstream opinion sticks to a stereotypical view of populism as a uniform phenomenon that poses a mortal threat to the international order. Angelos Chryssogelos argues that its relationship with foreign policy and the international order is much more nuanced
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September 28, 2023

🔮 The resurgence of agrarian populism

Matthijs Rooduijn
Matthijs Rooduijn and Sarah de Lange argue that recent developments provide fertile ground for the resurgence of agrarian populism. The rise of the Dutch Farmer-Citizen Movement gives an idea of what such a resurgence might look like in the years to come
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September 6, 2023

🔮 Populism: left or right?

Dani Filc
Are populist movements necessarily left or right? Dani Filc argues that populism is too complex a phenomenon to easily fit easily into the conventional political dimensions of left and right
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August 31, 2023

🔮 Populism and protest at the ballot box

Alexander Langenkamp
Alexander Langenkamp and Simon Bienstman argue that populist parties appeal strongly to citizens who feel vulnerable and discontented in ways that may be more than just political. This is an important explanatory factor of the electoral success of populist parties as a symptom of 'protest at the ballot box'
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