Paul Kenny

Trump, Brexit, and the rise of Populism: Economic have-nots and cultural backlash

Rising support for populist parties has disrupted the politics of many Western societies. What explains this phenomenon? Two theories are examined here. Perhaps the most widely-held view of mass support for populism – the economic insecurity perspective–emphasizes the consequences of profound changes transforming the workforce and society in post-industrial economies. Alternatively, the cultural backlash thesis suggests that support can be explained as a reaction against cultural changes that threaten the worldview of once-predominant sectors of the population.

Guarding the Guardians: How India has tamed its military and stayed a democracy

India’s independence leaders were well aware of the threat India’s colonial-style army posed for the new democracy. This talk explores the strategies Nehru and others adopted to control the military and safeguard India’s democracy, and how and why they have succeeded. The talk draws comparisons with Pakistan and other former colonies, and also examines current stresses and strains in India’s civil-military relations.

Populist leaders undermine democracy in these 4 ways. Would a President Trump?

A number of scholars have argued that Donald Trump is a populist. What, if anything, does this label tell us about what we might expect from a Trump presidency?

Duterte a law unto himself

As a populist, Duterte’s erosion of the rule of law is no surprise.

Populist leaders undermine democracy in these 4 ways. Would a President Trump?

A number of scholars have argued that Donald Trump is a populist. What, if anything, does this label tell us about what we might expect from a Trump presidency?

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