Authoritarian Populism in Comparative Perspective

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Studies on populism in Latin America discussed dysfunctional economic policies resulting in crises.
Recently, populists are more pragmatic. Populism is a political strategy based on distributing
economic privileges creating a stable clientelistic base, and facilitating authoritarian entrenchment.
However, this perspective, based on interests, needs to be supplemented with focus on ideas. While,
support for populism in Southern Europe may be explained by weak economic performance coupled
with features of income distribution, this does not explain in full the rise of populism in Central
Eastern Europe. Qualitative comparative analysis suggests that adding to economic factors, a
combination of Communist heritage, and a branch of Catholicism that unlike that in the West is not
associated with support for human rights, explains cases of populism in the region.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Comparative Economics
EditorsElodie Douarin, Oleh Havrylyshyn
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-50888-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-50887-6
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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  • populism
  • clientelism
  • Communism
  • Catholicism
  • Hungary
  • Poland


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