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Anti-Pluralism: The Populist Threat to Liberal Democracy

William A. Galston

Abstract

The Great Recession, institutional dysfunction, a growing divide between urban and rural prospects, and failed efforts to effectively address immigration have paved the way for a populist backlash that disrupts the postwar bargain between political elites and citizens. Whether today's populism represents a corrective to unfair and obsolete policies or a threat to liberal democracy itself remains up for debate. Yet this much is clear: these challenges indict the triumphalism that accompanied liberal democratic consolidation after the collapse of the Soviet Union. To respond to today's crisis, g ... More

Keywords: populism, liberal democracy, political elites, citizens, economic growth, demographic anxiety, social issues, cultural issues

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300228922
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300228922.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William A. Galston, author
Brookings Institution