Tunisians take to the streets to rail against austerity.
Populism gets a bad rap for fuelling the rise of authoritarianism. But it can also be a shot in the arm for liberal democracy.
Canadian and American flags fly as Doug Ford speaks during a campaign stop in Niagara Falls, Ont., on May 14, 2018.
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Branding Doug Ford as a Donald Trump impersonator obscures the history of populism in Canada.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on March 1, 2014. Is he headed for another election victory?
Turkey’s June 24 elections are the first in 16 years that could be politically meaningful. Opposition parties seem revitalised and could launch anti-Erdoğan coalition into the second round.
A man carries an anti-EU, pro-Brexit placard during in London on September 3, 2016.
Since the Brexit vote in 2016, rebellious movements have repeatedly shown their ability to shape political outcomes across the globe, often in unexpected ways: So what lies next?
The Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán speaks on March 15 in Budapest. He’s running for reelection.
This Sunday Hungarians vote whether to return prime minister Viktor Orbán to office. The choice they make will affect the future of their country, and Europe.
Beppe Grillo speaks in Rome on March 2, 2018..
While often lumped with other European populist parties, Beppe Grillo's M5S is a movement of activist fans mobilized by the messages of his "celebrity brand".
Latin America’s era of the woman president is over. What have we learned?
New research on Latin America's four recent female presidents disproves the idea that merely putting a woman in power will improve gender equality.
Bill Shorten is the longest-serving Labor leader since Kim Beazley in his first stint in office.
The reality is that Bill Shorten is, in many ways, a garden-variety centre-left leader.
Silvio Berlusconi, left, arrives to vote as a bare-breasted woman protests in background.
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Together, two parties with a tough stance on immigration and the EU – the Five Star Movement and the League – received nearly 50 percent of the vote.
Odysseus and the Cyclops Polyphemus: how not to treat strangers.
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Why right-wing populism gets the tradition of legality and justice exactly the wrong way round.
Trump has promised to put ‘America first’ to make it great again.
The movement against globalisation has shifted from developing to developed countries.
Cyril Ramaphosa, newly elected president of South Africa’s governing ANC, during his maiden address.
Free university education and land redistribution without compensation have far-reaching implications for South Africa's economy, and requires exceptional leadership.
With his one-man grip on the Turkish state increasingly secure, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has spent a year fighting for every populist cause he can.
Beatriz Sánchez’s strong finish in the first round of Chile’s presidential election has thrown the race wide open. Her new left-wing party also won 20 congressional seats.
Andres Pina/Aton via AP)
Young parties are bringing new life to Chile's stale politics, finally ending the post-Pinochet period. As the presidential runoff approaches in December, the race for the presidency is now wide open.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during the leaders’ retreat at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, Saturday, 11 November 2017.
The latest report from the Committee for Economic Development of Australia points to shifting global winds on globalisation and free trade. What can Australia do to continue to weather the storm?
US President Donald Trump signs the presidential decree banning the funding of international NGOs supporting abortion.
In public events Donald Trump has displayed the traits of a dominant masculinity. Yet the American president's policies represent an anthropological and ecological model that's outdated.
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.