Category: populism

Populism ‘on the defensive’

     

“Liberal democracy has responded to the populist mobilization with a democratic counter-mobilization – also and especially in the political center,” says @BertelsmannSt https://t.co/AwjM9BJ91r — Democracy Digest (@demdigest) September 3, 2020… Read more »

Populism and elitism’s ‘corrosive effect on democratic life’

     

In 1911, Robert Michels (1876-1936), an Italian political sociologist, published “Political Parties: A Sociological Study of the Oligarchical Tendencies of Modern Democracy,” postulating the “iron law of oligarchy.” Michels, who… Read more »

‘Democracy on Pandemic Pause’: Why populists understand Eastern Europe

     

Amid the turmoil and fear caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Central and Eastern European populists are wasting no time sowing division and attempting to cement their positions. Hungarian Prime Minister… Read more »

Pushback against populism: An end to Grand Strategy?

     

Populist politics tilts authoritarian. In sweeping away supposedly corrupt elites and institutions, the populist leader weakens all forces standing in his way. Critics becomes enemies, constitutional constraints become obstacles to… Read more »

Why Ecuador’s pushback against populism backfired

     

Since taking office in May 2017, Ecuadorean president Lenín Moreno has made headline-grabbing efforts to reverse the transformations wrought by his populist predecessor, Rafael Correa (2007–17 – yesterday found guilty… Read more »