The level of democratic satisfaction in Australia has steadily decreased in recent years.
The dire level of trust in Australia's government and politicians has serious implications for the health of our democracy. Whoever wins the next federal election must make fixing it a priority.
Good economic times have allowed us to become complacent, meaning conditions are ripe.
It's been 27 years since our last recession. Conditions are ripe for a populist revolt when the next one arrives.
Pro-Europeans protest against the rulling coalition Social Democrat Party (PSD) next to the Romanian Atheneum during the ceremony of taking over the Presidency of EU Council in Bucharest January 10, 2019.
With Romania at the helm of the EU, many fear that there's a bumpy ride ahead. But there's no need to worry (too much).
Thanks to current right-wing populists, people are conflating right wing ideologies such as being anti-migrant with populism.
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Everyone seems to be talking about populism. But if it is to appeal to ordinary people, why is often framed as a negative thing?
In its more dangerous manifestations, populism can mean a reckless, extreme distrust in governmental expertise.
Populism can be benign and simply mean giving ordinary citizens more of a voice. But the nasty side that can lead to far-right groups gaining momentum could still be reined in. Here's how.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses supporters after the parliamentary election in Budapest, Hungary, April 8, 2018.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has transformed from a liberal into an authoritarian leader who uses the tools of democracy to attack civil society. Hungarians are protesting in the streets.
The Brexit fallout shows why referenda shouldn’t be considered lightly.
Referenda have their place in democracy, but can also be misused.
Jair Bolsonaro at his inauguration on Jan 1, 2019.
The Brazilian president used WhatsApp and other social media to smear his opponents and sow division in the electorate.
Nationalism is defined as identification with one’s own nation and support for its interests.
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While nationalism is a dirty word, we often underestimate the power of its ideal in contemporary societies. We live in a world of nations, which provide identity and belonging for many people.
Although there is a global war on gender studies, women’s movements around the world continue to resist. Here people shout slogans during a protest at the Sol square during the International Women’s Day in Madrid, March 8, 2018.
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A bomb threat outside a gender research institute in Sweden is just one sign that things are escalating in the long battle for global gender equality.
Yellow vest protesters want French president Emmanuel Macron to feel their pain. Is he listening?
President Emmanuel Macron has presented himself as a defender of the liberal order against the rising tide of right-wing populism. But he can't lead Europe while mass protests have France in crisis.
A worker answers a telephone in the office of pro-Brexit group Leave.EU in London, February 2016.
The history of Britain's vote to exit from the European Union, known as Brexit, is not a tale of populist resentment toward globalization. It is a top-down story of leaders and elite ideology.
gilets jaunes “yellow vest” protester on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris takes a photograph using his mobile phone (December 8, 2018).
There’s an orderly fashion to so-called disruptive "manifestations", as they’re called in French. But the "gilets jaunes" didn’t follow the rules. So who exactly broke the rules?
Still the centre?
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The 'centre' has long been chasing the right on immigration politics.
Demonstrators march down Paris’ Champs-Elysees Dec. 8.
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A populist movement that threatened to topple a French government more than 60 years ago has important lessons for today’s protests and why they represent a reckoning.
Who are the 'gilets jaunes', what do they want and how has France's political establishment responded to their populist challenge?
A Honduran migrant lies on a riverbank as Mexican police move away from tear gas fired by U.S. agents at the Mexico-U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico, on Nov. 25, 2018.
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President Donald Trump's deployment of inflammatory rhetoric about immigration is now in action. Here's why Canadians should be alarmed by populism that preys upon people's insecurities.
Viktor Orban and Matteo Salvini, two of Europe’s best known ‘populist’ leaders.
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It's a slippery concept but academics have reached agreement on some of its fundamental elements.
An American environmental activist at the climate summit in San Francisco, California, in September 2018.
During the November 4 US midterm elections, the candidates had to take into account the growing concern of many voters, across party lines, about climate change.
In this December 2017 photo, U.S. President Donald Trump congratulates Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, while Paul Ryan looks on, during a ceremony at the White House after the final passage of tax overhaul legislation.
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Donald Trump may have executed a hostile takeover of the Republican party, but the GOP has been laying the groundwork for decades.