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When Democracy Trumps Populism
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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.


'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

‘In this welcome antidote to the many dire warnings that US President Donald Trump could end liberal democracy in the United States, a group of seasoned political scientists express confidence that US institutions will endure.’

Richard Feinberg Source: Foreign Affairs

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