How the Populists Won in Italy

Article
January 2019

In 2018, Italian voters produced Europe’s first populist majority. Lega and the Five Star Movement, each populist in its own way, collectively won just over half the vote. Now they are locked in a struggle with the EU.

India Under Modi: The Establishment Overreacts

Article
January 2019

Charges that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party threaten liberal-democratic safeguards are best understood as the overheated reaction of an insular elite that is still struggling to come to terms with its democratic displacement from power.

India Under Modi: Threats to Pluralism

Article
January 2019

In the world’s largest democracy, liberalism is in retreat, as evidenced by a pattern of assaults on minorities, press freedom, and the independence of key cultural and intellectual institutions.

Why National Identity Matters

Article
October 2018

From enhancing physical security to encouraging mutual trust, an inclusive sense of national identity continues to be crucial to the flourishing of modern states.

Explaining Eastern Europe: Slovakia's Conflicting Camps

Article
July 2018

The political turmoil following a journalist’s murder in Slovakia has revealed serious dangers to the country’s democratic institutions.

Explaining Eastern Europe: The Crisis of Liberalism

Article
July 2018

Thirty years ago in Central and Eastern Europe, belief in an open society and a sense of reasserted national and indeed European identity seemed to go hand-in-hand. But that was then.

Exchange: How to Tell Nativists from Populists

Article
January 2018

Contra Ben Margulies, one can clearly mark the boundaries that separate antidemocrats from democrats (nativists included), and nativists from populists. 

Exchange: Nativists Are Populists, Not Liberals

Article
January 2018

Takis Pappas argues that certain nativist parties of the populist right should be counted as liberal-democratic. This is a mistake; these parties
do not truly merit that name.

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