After Trump’s Success: A Convergence of the Populist Challenge (TruLies Blog by Lothar Probst)
Right-wing populism is on the rise in Europe as well as in the US. In this contribution, Lothar Probst points out that the creation of populist parties in Europe is not as recent a development as we like to think, roots going back to the 1970s. Today however, populist parties are no longer a marginal problem at the edge of the political spectrum but they achieved real influence on the political agenda and on government politics in Europe. Probst names reasons for the success of populist agendas and discourses, comparing the polarization of the main political camps in the US and the rise of populist movements such as the AfD in Europe. He demands political elites to the populists’ success as a sign for their failure to respond to the needs of the ordinary people, fight against corruption and bribery that ruin their reputation and open their doors to newcomers representing diversity and variety.
This contribution is based on a lecture of Lothar Probst on the topic of „The Populist Challenge“. Lothar Probst is Professor for Political Science at the University of Bremen.
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Lothar Probst’s contribution can be found here.