Donald Trump and the Global Rise of Populism

President-elect Donald Trump at an election night rally, New York, Nov. 9, 2016 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
President-elect Donald Trump at an election night rally, New York, Nov. 9, 2016 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
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Donald Trump’s surprise presidential election victory was a result, in part, of his success tapping into growing populist sentiment across much of the United States. That follows a global trend that has seen populist leaders come to power in Latin America, Europe and Asia. For all the attention on populism, though, what is it? Jan-Werner Müller explained it this way in a December 2014 article for WPR on the threat populism poses to liberal democracy: Contrary to conventional wisdom, populism is not simply a matter of irresponsible policies or appeals to the downtrodden. Populism is an anti-elitist but, crucially, also […]

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