ONLINE: Viktor Orban, Recep Erdogan, Nicolas Maduro, Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen and Jair Bolsonaro, among others, all claim to be or are called "populists." But what exactly is populism? Are all politicians who criticize big business or big government populists? What is the difference between right-wing populism and left-wing populism? Does populism bring government closer to the people, or is it a threat to liberal democracy? Who are "the people" that populists court? What do populists say? What do they do once they are in power? These and other questions about populism will be raised and grappled with in this discussion course. This course's required reading is Jan-Werner Muller's "What Is Populism?" Students are expected to read approximately 20 pages each week and actively engage in discussions. | Facilitated discussion.
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