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When Democracy Trumps Populism
European and Latin American Lessons for the United States

Kurt Weyland, Raúl L. Madrid, Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, Kevin Deegan-Krause, Bertjan Verbeek, Andrej Zaslove, Bart Bonikowski, Kenneth M. Roberts
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  • Date Published: February 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108728829


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  • The victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 election left specialists of American politics perplexed and concerned about the future of US democracy. Because no populist leader had occupied the White House in 150 years, there were many questions about what to expect. Marshaling the long-standing expertise of leading specialists of populism elsewhere in the world, this book provides the first systematic, comparative analysis of the prospects for US democracy under Trump, considering the two regions - Europe and Latin America - that have had the most ample recent experiences with populist chief executives. Chapters analyze the conditions under which populism slides into illiberal or authoritarian rule and in so doing derive well-grounded insights and scenarios for the US case, as well as a more general cross-national framework. The book makes an original argument about the likely resilience of US democracy and its institutions.

    • Provides concise, targeted analyzes of key Latin American and European experiences with populism and the lessons they yield for US democracy
    • Develops a comparative framework for understanding the conditions under which populism slides into illiberal rule cross-nationally
    • Makes an original argument about the likely resilience of US democracy
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    'This rich and timely collection of essays provides an excellent guide for how to think about the challenge that populism poses to liberal democracy, and what lessons the United States - at this troubling historical moment - can draw from other countries and regions.' Larry Diamond, Stanford University

    'In this exceptionally cohesive and well-argued volume, Weyland and Madrid assemble a distinguished group of contributors to draw lessons for the US from the experiences with populism across Europe and Latin America. Anyone who cares about the future of American democracy will want to engage with the careful analysis and lucid assessments offered here.' Frances E. Lee, University of Maryland

    'Will President Donald Trump, with his divisive style of leadership, bring down American democracy? This riveting collection of essays, authored by experts on democratization around the world, reveals disturbing similarities between populism abroad and the illiberal and authoritarian tendencies of current American politics. Yet it also illuminates the capacity of the US political institutions to withstand these threats. A profoundly insightful, eye-opening read.' Suzanne Mettler, John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions, Cornell University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108728829
    • length: 238 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. Donald Trump's populism: what are the prospects for US democracy? Kurt Weyland and Raúl L. Madrid
    2. 'Dealing with populism in Latin America: lessons for Donald Trump's populist presidency in the United States' Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser
    3. 'Donald Trump and the lessons of East-Central European Populism' Kevin Deegan-Krause
    4. 'Has populism eroded the quality of European democracy? Insights from Italy and the Netherlands' Bertjan Verbeek and Andrej Zaslove
    5. 'Trump's populism: the mobilization of nationalist cleavages and the future of US democracy' Bart Bonikowski
    6. 'Parties, populism, and democratic decay: a comparative perspective on political polarization in the United States' Kenneth M. Roberts
    Conclusion: 'why US democracy will survive Trump' Raúl L. Madrid and Kurt Weyland.

  • Editors

    Kurt Weyland, University of Texas, Austin
    Kurt Weyland is Mike Hogg Professor in Liberal Arts in the Department of Government at the University of Texas, Austin. His recent books include Revolution and Reaction: The Diffusion of Authoritarianism in Latin America (Cambridge, forthcoming) and Making Waves: Democratic Contention in Europe and Latin America since the Revolutions of 1848 (Cambridge, 2014).

    Raúl L. Madrid, University of Texas, Austin
    Raúl L. Madrid is Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of The Rise of Ethnic Politics in Latin America (Cambridge, 2012) and Retiring the State: The Politics of Pension Privatization in Latin America and Beyond (2003).


    Kurt Weyland, Raúl L. Madrid, Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, Kevin Deegan-Krause, Bertjan Verbeek, Andrej Zaslove, Bart Bonikowski, Kenneth M. Roberts

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