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POPULISM: Are Populist Movements Good for Liberal Democracy?
Populism stems from the failure of mainstream political parties to address the concerns of average voters, and populist movements are essential for the health of democracy. The people need more, not less, of a voice in government for liberal democracy to survive.
Populist movements tend to scapegoat vulnerable groups, demonize political opponents, offer overly simplistic solutions, and disrespect the institutions and norms upon which democracies depend. Such demagoguery and divisiveness are inherently hostile to liberal democracy.
Let your students review the facts and decide for themselves: Are populist movements good for liberal democracy? Be sure to check out Issues & Controversies’ complete and unbiased coverage of this divisive issue. Enhance the debate with the discussion questions, “By the Numbers” data, primary sources, audio and video content, infographics, editorials, and newsfeed that are linked to the article.
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