Barton E. Lee is an Assistant Professor and Chair of Political Economy and eDemocracy at ETH Zürich and an Affiliate Fellow at the Stigler Center at Chicago Booth. Previously, he was a Junior Research Fellow at Magdalen College, University of Oxford.
Expert civil servants devise ever more sophisticated policies to tackle emergencies such as climate change. But when voters lose faith in experts, they vote for anti-elite populist leaders who promise to drain the swamp in the civil service. Gabriele Gratton and Barton E. Lee write that understanding populist voters’ calculations and mistrust is key to designing democratic institutions that can address the most pressing challenges of our times.
The publication of the Stigler Center at
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
ProMarket is dedicated to discussing how competition tends to be subverted by special interests.
The posts represent the opinions of their writers, not necessarily those of the University of Chicago, the Booth School of Business, or its faculty.
For more information, please visit ProMarket Policy.