Who is (not) populist in Georgia? Making sense of the buzzword

Givi Silagadze[1]

Populism is undeniably a global phenomenon. It is often referred to as a threat to liberal democracy and sometimes portrayed as a means to politically mobilize hitherto nihilistic segments of society. Even though the term has been around for quite a long time, it has gained an unprecedented amount of attention in recent years. It has been suggested that in the period from the early 2000s to 2018, the number of populist leaders has (at least) doubled worldwide.[2]

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[1] Givi Silagadze is a junior policy analyst at Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP).

[2] Lewis, P., Barr, C., Clarke, S., Voce, A., Levett, C., and Gutierrez, P. 2019. “Revealed: the rise and rise of populist rhetoric”. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2019/mar/06/revealed-the-rise-and-rise-of-populist-rhetoric . Accessed: 23 January, 2020.

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