The latest news on this front comes from a really interesting article by Democracy Digest
The emergence of populism reflects severe problems with representation and accountability in democracies worldwide. However, despite potentially increasing the representatives of a country’s politics, populists in government increase the risk of democratic breakdown even in a class of previously immune wealthy democracies, according to a new Wilson Center analysis.
Populism offers the promise of democratic renewal, bringing new actors and policies into the political system. But while populist parties in power can make politics more representative, they can undermine accountability when their lack of ability or interest in legislating shifts policy-making to other actors outside the ruling party, argues Patrick Liddiard, formerly an analyst for the National Security Council’s processes on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance.
Populists in government can also erode the institutional checks on executive power necessary for durable democracy, even in previously resilient advanced democracies, and populist mobilization has precipitated democratic breakdown in the wealthiest democracies to ever revert to autocracy: Turkey, Venezuela, and Thailand, he writes in Is Populism Really a Problem for Democracy?:
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