Politics

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Populism has a place in a well-functioning democracy.

By Georgia Jones

Edited by Marina Lademacher

Abstract

Populism is described by the Cambridge Dictionary as ‘political ideas and activities that are intended to get the support of ordinary people by giving them what they want’. Yet, despite the affiliation between populism and ‘the people’, populist movements continue to face criticism, and they are assumed to function in opposition to liberal democracy.  This essay defends populism, arguing that it not only is there a place for it in well-functioning democracy, but that there must be a place for it.

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