Is Populism Having a Good Crisis?
As the tried and true political axiom goes, “in every crisis lies opportunity” but for whom? Populists or their opponents? In recent crises, we have seen a surge in support for populists in nations on both sides of the Atlantic. The coronavirus pandemic has wrought a global crisis of previously unimaginable economic and social consequence, but are populists having a good crisis? Will we emerge from a pandemic that has accelerated the recent strengthening of populists, or will the political landscape shift against those populists?
On both sides of the Atlantic, the presidential elections in 2020 gave mixed signals on the success of incumbent populists with President Duda extending his term and President Trump's loss to President-elect Biden. Looking to the future, who will make the most out of this crisis?
For further reading on the topic:
Crises Only Sometimes Lead to Change. Here’s Why. by Sheri Berman
Why Populist Nationalists Are Not Having a Good Crisis Yet by Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff
International Patterns Show Why Trump Is So Hard to Beat by Yascha Mounk
German Marshall Fund of the United States