NYTA - Populism: Democracy's Mirror

The world may be confronting a new form of representative government, one that stretches constitutional democracy to its limits. It’s anti-establishment, and reliant on the mobilization of ordinary people—the good people versus the corrupt elite. 


This is how Nadia Urbani, a professor of political science at Columbia, defines populism in her book, “Me the People—How Populism Transforms Democracy.” She regards populism not as the opposite of democracy, but rather as “a mirror of contemporary democracy.” In a panel discussion at Columbia University’s Maison Française, Urbani talked about the issues analyzed in her book.

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