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Populism and the Age of Upheaval


Fall 2019 Vol. 18 No. 3


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Political Realignment. The rapid rise of authoritarians — both left and right — is an existing phenomenon, but it cannot be regarded in isolation from the overarching structural changes of politics, writes Bartha.

Leadership Networks in Turkey-Balkan Relations. Turkey has been undergoing another domestic transformation period and has been creating new policy preferences vis-à-vis the Balkan countries without considering their different characteristics, demographical structures, and historical relations with Turkey, write Büyük and Öztürk.

Beyond Disinformation. Beyond fake news, disinformation operators have another perhaps more ominous strategic intent: to create an environment of social tension within which ‘populist’ authoritarians can thrive, writes Co.

A New Democratic Agenda. Populist parties that initially came to power through elections later undermined institutional checks as well as representative institutions, targeted their critics, and introduced majoritarian elements into the political system, writes Esen.

The Far-Right’s Implications for NGOs. Challenging the far-right’s war on gender is central to advancing racial justice, ensuring the rights of refugees and migrants, and promoting inclusive societies, writes Galasso.

Populism as Composite Ideology. If populism does not believe in people’s ability to do what is best for them, then why do those same people support it, ask Galli and Garzarelli.

Rise of Populist Islam. Populist Islam, in the sense of using Islam as justification for activism in the social and political arena, is growing in Indonesia. Calls for the implementation of Shariah in various social and political aspects is the main focus of this movement, writes Juoro.

Tribalism in Poland and Hungary. While it seems to be more of a zeitgeist than only a regional phenomenon, tribalism can be especially destructive for democratic institutions in Central and Eastern European countries where democratic norms are weaker, write Krekó and Juhász.

Populism and Climate: The Endgame. It is essential to push for debates and decisions regarding climate change so that politicians recognize that failure to deliver will negatively impact their political future, writes Kumar.

Populist Resistance. Like other features of a crisis-ridden time, the link between people and populism has been turned upside down by the neoliberal model of politics, which now sets the ‘people’ against the ‘populists’, writes Samaddar.

Populism and State Sovereignty in the EU. Democracies worldwide, and of course in Europe, have failed to eliminate oligarchic power and expand the spaces within which decisions are made democratically, especially into the spheres of bureaucracy and big businesses, writes Troulis.

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