The Politics of Recognition vs. Redistribution

May 12, 2021

At an earlier stage of my life, I had the great pleasure of spending two years teaching at York University in Toronto, Canada. Unlike the University of Toronto, whose campus looks like Harvard or Yale, York resembles British public universities such as Sussex: modern, functional, but without what...

Populists in the European Elections

May 28, 2019

The results of the European elections have revealed some breakthroughs for populists. There is concern about the impact of populism on rational decision-making in many Western democracies. But there is no agreement on what "populism" means. All politics appeal — to some extent — to...

The Winning Streak of Illiberal Populism

August 24, 2016

Illiberal populists all over the world are benefiting from three simultaneous backlashes. The history of political parties is rather boring. Not much has changed since the French Revolution, which produced the terms “Left” and “Right” to reflect where people sat in the National Assembly....