Having called a snap election for October 22, Japanese Prime Minister now faces a tough battle against a charisimatic new-comer in Yoriko Koike.
Alternative for Germany (AfD) co-leader Alice Weidel campaigns in front of a banner that reads: ‘Crime by immigration: a flood of refugees leaves its mark!’
Current events show that the old problem of populism is making a comeback, and that populism is indeed an autoimmune disease of our age of monitory democracy.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta waves as he leaves a campaign rally in the capital.
While Kenya's political leaders often adopt a populist approach to politics, it's not unimaginable that the courts could also pursue a populist path by claiming to speak for the people.
Is populism a poison or a cure for democracy, or both, depending on the circumstances?
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We’re not sure if the cure, the populist outsider, will work and make life better. but we are willing to experiment as the old certainties of representative politics wither.
Donald Trump may not have been the 1%’s preferred candidate, but he embodied its message.
Making self-interest seem normal and a commitment to fairness an elite aberration has been a long-term project.
Citizen militia march in Charlotttesville, August 12.
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Having stoked white resentment for his own benefit throughout his campaign, Trump is still emboldening it.
Donald Trump constantly invoked the idea of political correctness gone mad in his presidential campaign.
Populist leaders not only attack the institutions of global capital, they also disregard the checks and balances of institutional democracy.
Surely, things were easier in the past.
There has been much attention paid to the widespread resurgence of populism. Restorationism in Western democracies is a subset of this.
Populism celebrates laypeople without offering them any real autonomy or integrity.
The only exceptional leaders we need today are the ones who help us to govern and take care of ourselves.
A child walks past Mongolians holding up banners at a protest against offshore account holders in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, in March.
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While democracy is struggling globally and especially in Asia, Mongolians continue to vote and engage.
A young woman protests at a “Not My President” demonstration against Donald Trump in New York in December 2016.
According to famed anthropologist Arjun Appadurai, the central question of our times is whether we’re witnessing the worldwide rejection of liberal democracy and its replacement by some sort of populist…
What is this man thinking?
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What sort of beliefs made a mass movement succeed?
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, pictured here with French President Emmanuel Macron, has managed to keep centrists happy while holding on to her conservative base.
Looking like a centrist, but governing as a conservative, Angela Merkel has cleared the decks before the coming German election.
A Le Pen campaign rally in Villepinte, France on May 1, 2017.
Populist parties like France's Front National typically stress traditional family values. So is it possible for them to appeal to traditional leftist voters like single women and the queer community?
Corbyn may not have won enough seats to take over Parliament, but he dealt May a serious blow nonetheless.
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UK voters delivered a devastating blow to the prime minister, who combined a populist message with her party's traditional economic policies. She may now face a power struggle.
The leaders of Turkey and India have plenty in common.
Can we avert a populist apocalypse through good old-fashioned deliberation?
Populist politics would appear to have left deliberative democracy by the wayside, but innovations that engage citizens in reasoned decision-making have much to offer.
‘Pulse of Europe’ supporters hold banners before a meeting between Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron on May 15 2017 in Berlin.
Even if populist movements have been turned back in a few European elections, populism is not going to disappear. The EU needs a strategy to contain it.
The Arc de Triomphe Is illuminated in green to celebrate the Paris Agreement’s entry into force.
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Like president George W. Bush before him, Donald Trump made the announcement from the White House Rose Garden, showing that Republican governments have failed to learn past lessons.
Solidarity in action.
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