A new project sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation at the Freeman Spogli Institute's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law examines the global surge in populist movements and what it means for established democratic rules and institutions.

Populism argues that the establishment elites are a corrupt and unresponsive cartel, and that the people need to have their general will represented.
Project working definition

Populism by the Numbers

22 Average % of vote for populists in Europe in 2016
2016 Peak year of Google mentions for populisms
40 % support for populists in French presidential election

Conference 2017

The Freeman Spogli Institute and CDDRL will convene a conference of experts to discuss how populisms arise, forms of populism in America and internationally, and whether and how much populism is a threat

"Global Populisms: A Threat to Democracy?"

November 3 & 4 | Encina Hall | Stanford University

Leadership

Convening experts to study and report on the surge in populist movements around the world
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Anna Grzymala-Busse

Director, Global Populisms Project
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Anna Grzymala-Busse

Director, Global Populisms Project
Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute
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Michael McFaul

Co-Director, Global Populisms Project
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Michael McFaul

Co-Director, Global Populisms Project
Director and Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute and Professor of Political Science
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Francis Fukuyama

Co-Director, Global Populisms Project
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Francis Fukuyama

Co-Director, Global Populisms Project
Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute