Many voters feel the major parties aren’t listening, which can be part of the appeal of populist candidates such as One Nation’s Pauline Hanson.
Watch Anne Tiernan and Duncan McDonnell discuss the popularity of minor parties and independents in this election – including what the Nick Xenophon Team learnt from the Palmer United Party.
Donald Trump’s boastful and bullying leadership style encapsulates many of the worst features and sentiments of today’s world.
In a world out of balance, one in which arrogance and unaccountability combine in a corrosive synergy, humility can offer a powerful alternative vision of how to approach democratic government.
Waving the Austrian flag: the leaders of the Freedom Party.
Austria and the almost victory of the far right is a canary in a coal mine. A new political divide is emerging on both sides of the Atlantic.
Neoliberal policies have given way to resentment toward immigrants in Germany and other European countries.
Why are populist candidates all the rage this year in the race for the White House? Recent research from Harvard and BU links it to the market economy and a similar trend in Europe.
There is no better alternative than the rise of the populist left for Europe and beyond.
The People's Assembly Against Austerity
The future of democracy depends on developing a left-wing populism that can revive public interest by mobilising political passions in the fight for an alternative to neoliberal de-democratisation.
Nixon would have baulked at some of Trump’s tactics.
The 1968 presidential election saw belligerent, race-baiting populism in full flower. Sound familiar?
Posters advertise the dramatization of Sinclair Lewis’ ‘It Can’t Happen Here.’
Sinclair Lewis' 1935 novel 'It Can't Happen Here,' which described the rise of an American dictator, was turned into a play seen by over 500,000 people.
Voters in traditional dress wait to cast their ballots in Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Rule one: don't lose 'ownership' of the issue.
Merkel took a hit at the polls but so have most other European leaders.
It's true that the establishment has been shaken, but immigration isn't the only reason voters are looking elsewhere.
Populists are on the rise on both sides of the Atlantic – Donald Trump (right) has even been called ‘America’s Marine Le Pen’ (left).
Populist politicians are on the march, first in Latin America, then in Europe and the US. They are on both the left and right, and their policies vary, but their approach carries the same risks.
In a league of his own.
George Wallace, Ross Perot and Pat Buchanan all reshaped American elections with their populism. Is Donald Trump just standing on their shoulders?
Marine Le Pen’s awful night may be a blessing in disguise.
After storming the first round of France's regional elections, Marine Le Pen's far-right party has been humiliated. But all is not lost.
The next French president? Not likely.
With its share of the vote rising with each election, can the extreme-right party take power on its own? The example of the French communists during the postwar boom suggests otherwise.
Leader of the Front National, Marine le Pen, the morning after her party’s strong showing in the first round of regional elections.
France's extreme-right party has national ambitions, but its lead in the first round of local elections puts it in direct contradiction with its long-proclaimed ideology.
Reclaiming the homeland.
Furious nativist radicals are on the march – but are they really all birds of a feather?
Italy’s Lega Nord scores a victory in parliament.
It might actually be better for the Conservatives to work with Nigel Farage in government.
Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras and Pablo Iglesias of Podemos have taken their populist parties to victory in Greece and a lead in the polls in Spain.
The rise of left-wing populism challenges those who flatly denounced right-wing populism as undemocratic. Populism can appear as a democratic force in some contexts and anti-democratic in others.
On many major issues, Labor’s Bill Shorten and the Liberals’ Tony Abbott are essentially two wings of the same bird.
The crisis of public confidence in politics is not limited to Australia, but public disengagement, retail politics and lack of vision are crippling our ability to tackle long-term and wicked problems.
Has firebrand Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie fallen into the populists’ trap of political overreach?
Apart from the brouhaha over some Victorian schools bumping one minute’s silence to before or after the traditional 11am, Tuesday’s Remembrance Day commemorations went off without a hitch, soberly recognising…