Populism

The Political Economy of Populism in Mexico

Rodrigo Castro Cornejo discusses the reasons for the rise of left-wing populism in Mexico under Andrés Manuel López Obrador, how López Obrador’s administration has changed Mexico’s political economy in his six years in office, and what this means for the future of populism in Mexico as voters head to the polls on June 2.

The Political Economy of Left-Wing Populism in America

Richard Oestreicher explores the recent history of left-wing populism in the United States: its origins, its motivations, and how that populism is likely to mature and transform U.S. politics with it.

The Political Economy of Right-Wing Populism in the United States

George Hawley explores the economic impulses behind parts of the Republican Party’s populist turn and what this means for the GOP going forward.

The Political Economy of Populism in the United Kingdom

James Wood explores the sources of populism in the United Kingdom, its recent developments, and what this means for the country’s 2024 general election.

The Political Economy of Populism in Italy

Davide Vampa explores the sources of populism in Italy, its recent developments, and what this means for the country’s 2024 European Parliament election.

The Political Economy of Populism in Germany

Knut Bergmann and Matthias Diermeier discuss the economic origins and developments of Germany’s right-wing Alternative for Germany party and how the party’s rise reflects, in part, voters’ concerns that mainstream parties are failing to protect the future of Germany’s vibrant manufacturing sector.

The Political Economy of Populism in India

Louise Tillin explores the sources of populism in India, its recent developments, and what this means for the country’s 2024 general election, which begins April 19 and ends June 1.

Responses to Populism Require Understanding Why Voters Lose Faith in Experts

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.

How Anthony Downs’s Analysis Explains Rational Voters’ Preferences for Populism

In new research, Cyril Hédoin and Alexandre Chirat use the rational-choice theory of economist Anthony Downs to explain how populism rationally arises to challenge established institutions of liberal democracy.

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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