The evolution of populism

The Guardian combines academic know-how and beautiful infographics to shed light on the evolution of populism on a global scale. 

An analysis commissioned by The Guardian and conducted under the supervision of Team Populism dug into 140 public speeches held by populist leaders in 40 different countries (methodology ). The text-analysis project provides new insights into the phenomenon of populism. Since early 2000 the number of leaders which can be categorized as populists “has more than doubled”, the study says. However, the “most significant expansion” occurred during the past five years. Today, on the global stage, more than 2 billion people have a leader whose speeches can be labelled as populist”.

Why we like it

After much over-generalization, the study provides a fine-grained overview of populism. It details how populism bedded in somehow differently in each national context and how it differs from one geographical area to another. Moreover, the analysis targets PM, Presidents and Chancellors with different political allegiances. The data piece published in The Guardian features a set of beautiful interactive infographics which make the results of the academic study meaningful to a general audience.

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Tuesday 12 March 2019


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