The Populist Harm to Democracy: An Empirical Assessment

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Posted Jan 08, 2019 | Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, Jascha Mounk, Jordan Kyle

For the past 12 years, more countries have moved away from liberal democracy than towards it. Activists like Stephen Bannon and theorists like Chantal Mouffe argue that populism will help address popular grievances, curtail the outsize power of political and financial elites, and even make political systems more democratic. Yet Jascha Mounk and Jordan Kyle suggest in this article for the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change that populist rule - of the right or the left - has a highly negative impact on political systems, being associated with a 13 per cent increase in the risk that a democracy breaks down in any given year.


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