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April 27, 2023

🔮 Brothers of Italy is not a post or neo-fascist party, but it might pose an illiberal challenge

Leonardo Puleo
Labelling populist far right parties as fascist is misleading, write Leonardo Puleo and Gianluca Piccolino. Vague accusations of fascism gloss over the genuine threats the radical right poses to democracy
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April 25, 2023

🔮 Why the two-dimensional policy space is key to understanding populist parties

Robert A. Huber
Populism is often considered to be high among parties with strong anti-immigration positions or Euroscepticism. Robert A. Huber, Michael Jankowski and Christina-Marie Juen argue that not the general left-right position of parties affects their level of populism but that collectivist positions on the parties’ salient issue dimension are crucial
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April 21, 2023

🔮 Populism and the nexus of illiberalism

Marcel Lewandowsky
Marcel Lewandowsky argues that much research on populism suffers from that a contextual blind spot: it overlooks the broad variety of illiberal attitudes of which populism is only one variant. Here, he calls for more research on this ‘invisible coalition’ of illiberal attitudes
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April 19, 2023

🔮 Narendra Modi: India's 'vulnerable' strongman populist leader

Proma Raychaudhury
Focusing on Narendra Modi’s populist leadership in India, Proma Ray Chaudhury argues that displays of vulnerability by strongman populist leaders can offer insights into the resilience of populist regimes
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April 17, 2023

🔮 We cannot ignore the populist radical-right impact on the welfare state

Juliana Chueri
Juliana Chueri writes that radical right parties are transforming the welfare state, by creating a moral separation between the ‘deserving’ and the ‘undeserving’. This secures benefits to working nationals, while leaving unprotected immigrants and the long-term unemployed
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April 14, 2023

🔮 The British Conservative Party’s journey towards the populist radical right

Tim Bale
Tim Bale, author of a new book on the Tories, argues they’ve been moving away from the mainstream for some time. It’s just that recent events have accelerated the process – and there are few, if any, signs of it stopping
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April 4, 2023

🔮 Looking beyond populism… to better understand populism

Bartek Pytlas
The sometimes inflationary use of ‘populism’ has prompted calls to discard the term altogether. Bartek Pytlas argues that what we need instead is a more differentiated and dynamic approach to populism - one that involves contrasting populism against other ideas, as well as observing how political actors use these ideas in practice
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March 31, 2023

🔮 How early insights about populism have stood the test of time

Reinhard Heinisch
The more populism has evolved and the more we have learned about this supposedly elusive and contested concept, the more we recognise that the early insights we gained about the phenomenon have stood the test of time. Reinhard Heinisch argues that although these early lessons already pointed to the importance of credible change agency, ambiguity, and territoriality as crucial features for populism's success, their role is still not fully understood
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March 29, 2023

🔮 Social media: populists’ partners in crime

Laura Jacobs
Social media play a key role in amplifying populist messages. The resulting misinformation, political polarisation, and the proliferation of hate speech, pose challenges for democracy. Laura Jacobs steps into the populist echo chamber
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March 21, 2023

🔮 Three die-hard myths about populism

Mattia Zulianello
Mattia Zulianello and Petra Guasti explore and rebut three die-hard myths about populism. This, they argue, on the one hand guards against overestimating populism as a phenomenon. On the other, it warns that we must not underestimate the political strength of the so-called populist radical right
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