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    Populism is overrated – if there is a threat to democracy, it’s from authoritarian nationalism

Populism is overrated – if there is a threat to democracy, it’s from authoritarian nationalism

Numerous authors and political figures have identified the rise of populism as a potential threat to European democracy. Tjitske Akkerman argues that the threat of populism has been heavily overstated. She writes that if there are any ideologies threatening liberal democracies today, nationalism and authoritarianism are far more likely candidates than populism.

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    Netherlands election preview: Will Geert Wilders follow Trump and win power?

Netherlands election preview: Will Geert Wilders follow Trump and win power?

The Netherlands will hold its next general election on 15 March 2017. As Tjitske Akkerman outlines, there has been speculation that Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV) could emerge as the largest party, with the PVV currently leading in opinion polls. Nevertheless, Wilders’ status as a political outsider is likely to make it extremely difficult for the PVV to […]

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    Avoiding the mainstream: Why radical right-wing populist parties remain ‘radical’ in government

Avoiding the mainstream: Why radical right-wing populist parties remain ‘radical’ in government

Radical right-wing populist parties have experienced a growth in support in several European countries over the last 15 years, but how do such parties adapt to power when they enter government? Tjitske Akkerman, Sarah de Lange and Matthijs Rooduijn write that although radical right-wing populist parties do become more mainstream in some respects when they enter office, this is […]

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