Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser

The legacy of Hugo Chávez has lessons for how the EU and its institutions can engage with populist leaders.

What can the rise and success of Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez tell us about populism? Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser takes an in-depth look at the lessons the EU’s leaders can draw from Chávez to deal with the recent rise of populist movements in Europe. He argues that opponents to populism must understand that populists are not only representing real constituencies of society, […]


Scholars should not just assume that populism is bad for democracy, but should instead concentrate on explaining populism’s positive and negative effects.

With the rise of technocratic government in the wake of the eurocrisis, many now argue that populism is bad for democracy. Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser argues that this view is wrong-headed, and that there is no cross-regional research into the impacts of populism on democracy. Academics now need to focus on further empirical investigations into populism and its effects on liberal […]