THE debate of the past years has been: Do populists damage democracy? Or are they a healthy corrective? Until now, nobody has answered these questions on the basis of a comprehensive global dataset. and I set out to change that. [THREAD.]
"Populist rule is associated with a 7 percent decline in freedom of the press, an 8 percent decline in civil liberties, and a 13 percent decline in political rights." and empirically evaluated populists around the globe
Research shows left-wing populists tend to “accelerate the speed with which democracy burns out.” But it’s not clear that any left-wing candidate in the US, including Sanders, would impinge on press freedoms or restrict voting rights.
"Populist rule is associated with a 7% decline in freedom of the press, an 8% decline in civil liberties and a 13% decline in political rights." Liberals & Democrats exist to expand your rights and freedoms, populists want to take them away!
"An astounding 50 percent of populists either rewrote or amended their country’s constitution when they gained power, frequently with the aim of eliminating presidential term limits and reducing checks and balances on executive power."
"Since populists often thrive on anger about all-too-real shortcomings...it is tempting to hope that they can help rejuvenate imperfect democracies...Alas, the best evidence available suggests that...they have done the opposite." &
. article on the dangers of “populist” leaders. “Populist governments have deepened corruption” (#Trump administration — check✅). “Eroded individual rights” (Trump administration — check✅).
As always, is fascinating. His study focuses on national elections, but I'm curious how they translate to local elections in the US.
"50 percent of populists either rewrote or amended their country’s constitution ... frequently with the aim of eliminating presidential term limits and reducing checks and balances on executive power." and
Sorry, link to original piece, which has a lot of words but they are serving no purpose in the order in which they are arranged
When populists win, the population loses.
'Populist' [=] elites & 'outsiders' work against the interests of the 'true people'. … [Of] 46 populist leaders [>]1990 … Only 17% … stepped down after they lost free & fair elections. … 50% … amended … constitution… 23% … [cut] democracy score"
That's why I was so keen to construct a comprehensive database of populist governments. Are populists really more dangerous to democracies, or is that an artefact of a few cases that are particularly salient to me? (Sadly, the answer is: they are.)
It is simplistic to see all populism, as the same. It is also, well...simplistic. And therefore, wrong.
"Populist rule is associated with a 7 percent decline in freedom of the press, an 8 percent decline in civil liberties, and a 13 percent decline in political rights." and empirically evaluated populists around the globe
"we found that populist rule is associated with a 7 percent decline in freedom of the press, an 8 percent decline in civil liberties, and a 13 percent decline in political rights."