A threat to democracy?

A threat to democracy?
Donald Trump’s extraordinary rise to the US presidency was fuelled in no small part by a drift towards populism in the US, caused in turn by years of economic stagnation Picture: Getty

It’s turned politics on its head in countries around the world in 2018, and it threatens to further disturb the centre next year. But what exactly is populism – and how is it likely to play out in Ireland?

One in four Europeans now votes for a populist party, warns the Guardian. “The populist revolt that got under way in earnest in 2016 has barely started,” claims the Times. Populism in Canada will “ramp up in 2019”, says the Toronto Sun. Populism is “a major risk” ahead of India’s election next year, argues Bloomberg.

Our own politicians, too, are worrying about populism. Rónán Mullen accuses the government of “populist grandstanding” on abortion. Lisa Chambers accuses...

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