Kevin O'Rourke

Kevin O’Rourke is a professor of economics at NYU Abu Dhabi. He was previously the Chichele Professor of Economic History at the University of Oxford and a fellow of All Souls College. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy, a fellow of the British Academy, and a former research director of CEPR.

History Suggests Economists Need To Think Precisely About Populism

Economists have become increasingly interested in questions about populism over the last decade and particularly since Brexit and the election of American President Donald Trump. However, the definition of populism remains contested. Alan de Bromhead and Kevin O’Rourke argue that economists need a better understanding of populism’s history and its variegated goals when ascribing specific characteristics and behaviors to populists and their movements.

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