Bolsonaro and Brazil’s Illiberal Backlash

Article
January 2019

The triumph of far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s October 2018 presidential election was made possible by a series of economic, social, and political crises that have shaken Brazilian democracy.

Pakistan: Voting Under Military Tutelage

Article
January 2019

With its recent electoral turnover of power, Pakistan seemingly passed a milestone of democratic consolidation. But beneath the surface, power remains where it long has been—with the military.

Liberal Democracy’s Crisis of Confidence

Article
October 2018

Public-opinion data from Pew Research Center show that global support for representative democracy is widespread, but often thin. Amid rising economic anxiety, cultural unease, and political frustration, citizens are increasingly open to alternative systems of government.

Latin America’s Shifting Politics: Ecuador After Correa

Article
October 2018

The question of succession is a tricky one for populist leaders. In Ecuador, it has produced a surprising reversal for Rafael Correa, who had thoroughly dominated the political scene for the past decade.

Latin America’s Shifting Politics: The Peace Process and Colombia’s Elections

Article
October 2018

Colombian voters turned against the architects of the peace accord ending the country’s decades-old internal war, while giving the presidency to a lieutenant of ex-president Uribe, the agreement’s leading opponent.

Explaining Eastern Europe: Romania’s Italian-Style Anticorruption Populism

Article
July 2018

In Romania today, as in Italy twenty years ago, the gradual politicization of anticorruption has come to shape the political scene.

Explaining Eastern Europe: Czech Democracy Under Pressure

Article
July 2018

Recent electoral victories by a pro-Russian president and a populist prime minister point to an antiestablishment wave in the Czech Republic. Yet strong checks and balances, EU ties, and a different outlook among younger voters may help to safeguard liberal democracy.

The Populist Challenge to Liberal Democracy

Article
April 2018

Across the West, economic, demographic, and cultural shifts have spurred the rise of populists who embrace majoritarianism and popular sovereignty while showing little commitment to constitutionalism and individual liberty. 

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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