Is the World Undergoing a Deep Populist Transition?

July 25, 2019

In academia, we seem to have a fondness for the trope of the “wave” and “wave theory.” Samuel Huntington gave us the waves of democratization — a process of global, though asymmetrical, shift from authoritarian and oligarchic to democratic forms of government and state institutions....

Australia’s Own Brand of Radical Populism

June 20, 2019

Unlike radical right-wing populism in Western Europe, Australia’s "Hansonism" is largely a one-woman show, almost completely dependent on Pauline Hanson's personality and appeal. She has been called a "mischievous troublemaker, an "embarrassment" to the country, and just a plain racist. The...

Like Ancient Greece, Modern Society Is Still Enthralled by Demagogues

May 23, 2019

Judging by the success of populist parties around the world, their demagoguery works. In thinking about the rise of populism against centrist politics today, it is interesting to remind ourselves that similar divisions occurred in Ancient Greek philosophy. Aristotle, who lived in the 3rd...