Should Conservatives Embrace Populism?

Some conservatives across North America and Europe believe that populist policies benefit people and that being populist helps win elections. Is this true? To answer this, let us first define what populism really is, and look at some examples of most prominent conservative politicians: were they populist?

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Twenty-First Century Populism: The Spectre of Western European Democracy, edited by D. Albertazzi, D. McDonnell, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008

Populism: A Very Short Introduction by Cas Mudde and Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, Oxford University Press, 2017

“Populism, clientelism and corruption often work in sequence” by Dimitri Sotiropoulos, Sciences Po, January, 25, 2015

“What is populism, and what does the term actually mean?” by David Molloy, BBC, March 6, 2018

“Conservatives, Populism, and the Future” by by George H. Nash, Hoover Digest, 2018

“Three Lessons of Contemporary Populism in Europe and the United States” by Bart Bonikowski, Brown Journal of World Affairs, 2016

“Jeremy Corbyn to ‘copy Donald Trump’s populist strategy’ in new bid to reverse poll ratings” by Benjamin Kentish, The Independent, 9 January 2017

“Businesses Need to Beware of the Populist Promise” by Julian Campisi, Centre for Global Enterprise, April 2019

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Sabrina Zuniga & Denis Tsarev