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Populism, or Its Opposite? - J. W. Mason

A more charitable reading would be that populism describes the elevation of popular support over other criteria of legitimacy, such as law or business support or professional expertise. This is a reasonably clear definition that fits most common uses of the term. But does it fit developments in the real world?

Populism, or Its Opposite? - J. W. Mason

In Brazil, Bolsonaro did win the popular vote -- but only after the previous president was removed from office in what was effectively a soft coup, and the country's most popular politician was banned from running by the courts. This judicial preemption of democracy is the opposite of what is usually meant by populism.


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by generic on Tue Apr 9th, 2019 at 08:16:21 PM EST

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