What we need now is unblinkered analysis and coordinated progressive political action beyond the extreme centre at both the national and international levels.
Populists now run the United States, Russia, Turkey, and the Philippines — as well as many Latin American and African nations. What does this mean for the world?
A mural depicting populist dictators painted onto remnants of the Berlin Wall in Berlin in 2014.
The legitimacy and credibility of those in power has been eroded by bad governance, patronage and the obsession to claim an exclusive agency representing the people.
Jayalalithaa Jayaram, who passed away in December 2016, was a film actress and populist chief minister of India’s southern Tamil Nadu state.
Performance politics has made Donald Trump the new president of the United States. But this is far from new to south India, where the mixing of cinema and politics has a long history.
Angela Merkel lays flowers at the scene of the attack.
The high profile attack will polarise an already strained political debate in Germany.
A festive decoration hangs from the truck that ploughed into the Christmas market in Berlin.
Attacks like the one in Berlin harm democracy because they spread fear and self-censorship among citizens.
America is, once again, exceptional.
AP Photos/Christophe Ena and Evan Vucci
Europe's populists are taking advantage of Trump’s victory, but the comparison only goes so far.
Not exactly Mr Popular: Paolo Gentiloni.
Paolo Gentiloni's government is barely distinct from his predecessor's, and its mandate is desperately thin.
Podemos must reconsider who is above and who is below – who are the people and who are the people’s enemy.
Podemos positioned itself as leading a revolt by the people against the political system. Now, as Spain's third-largest party, it is part of that system and has some difficult decisions to make.
The success of One Nation in this year’s election is part of the populist push.
Academic analysis is often ignored – and this is an indictment not of readers, but of academics.
Opponents of Ballot Measure 9 gather in Portland on Oct. 19, 2000.
AP Photo/Don Ryan
A professor takes us back more than 20 years, to when struggling white working-class voters in Oregon were convinced that a conservative social agenda would help bring back timber jobs.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a conference for her party.
AP Photo/Martin Meissner
In reelection bid, Merkel's not just up against a xenophobic, nationalist party in Germany. In the wake of Trump’s election, liberal democracies around the world hope she'll defend them, too.
On September 15, 2012, a protest in Sydney by Salafi Muslims against an ‘anti-Islam’ film ended in violent confrontations with police.
One Nation has built on the racism of its original anti-Asian platform by linking Australia's secular society to its Christian origins and presenting Islam as incompatible with this way of life.
Titian’s Rape of Europa.
In history and mythology, Europe always begins somewhere else. That should tell us something about creeping nationalism.
The famous story of a group of schoolboys trapped on an island is more than a little reminiscent of the real world right now.
President-elect Trump and Brexit booster Nigel Farage: two faces of today’s nationalism.
Financial crises and soaring inequality fueled the populist backlashes that threaten neoliberalism's core principles of free markets and free people. The world needs a new narrative to counteract it.
EPA/Alessandro Di Meo
This was a vote against the prime minister – not a show of support for his rivals.
Bolivia’s rural Chaparé region has pushed back against neoliberal policies using democratic practice.
There's truth in the analysis that the rise of right-wing populism is a response to the failures of globalisation. But is it the only response?
Banking inquiries in their current form serve as political theatre, rather than as a genuine form of accountability.
Members of House Standing Committee on Economics should be asking the directors of Australia's Big Four banks (not the CEOs) different questions, if they really want the right answers.
A portrait of US President-elect Donald Trump guards a residential backyard in Iowa, complete with lights and security cameras.
The better-to-do and the established of civil and political society have become complacent and deaf to 'those at the bottom'. The working class has gone over to the right-wing populists.