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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Rationality doesn't bring people together to make change happen – but powerful stories do.
The Conversation Global asked scholars from around the world what they thought of Emmanuel Macron's victory, and what means for their country.
Emmanuel Macron, who will soon become eighth president of the Fifth French Republic.
Macron's win showed France is internationalist, outward looking, pro-EU and free market-oriented; Le Pen's rise revealed that it's also nationalist, protectionist, anti-EU and suspicious of outsiders.
As a French specificity, blank vote is counted but not recognised, despite a steady increase of its usage in many elections in the country.
Never before in French presidential elections have commentators and pundits expressed alarming concern about the size of the blank voting.
An electoral poster of Emmanuel Macron, France’s centre-left presidential candidate, calling for unity.
France's two presidential candidates diverge markedly on many issues, but nothing is as divisive as France's relationship with the EU.
Marine Le Pen at a political rally in Metz, France.
What does it mean to be French? The two standing presidential candidates hope voters will agree with their version of the answer.
Marine Le Pen speaking in Metz, March 18, 2017.
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It all comes down to how many people abstain.
En Marche! candidate Emmanuel Macron is favoured to become France’s next president.
Both Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron have gained from the very deep disaffection of the French electorate with its traditional political representatives.
National Front party leader, Marine Le Pen, has been campaigning on a populist agenda.
A survey shows that candidates who exploited populism in one way or the other during the first round of the French presidential election captured about half of the vote.