Right-Wing and Left-Wing Populism in Russia and in the World: Challenges and Possible Solutions

Electoral populism at elections in Russia

As part of a larger international research project European Dialogue Expert Group and Konrad Adenauer Foundation study populism, a phenomenon widely seen both in Europe and Russia. Russian and European experts summarised the results of these studies in a book “Populism as a Common Challenge” which was published early in 2018. The European Dialogue Expert Group presents a chapter from the book, in which Alexander Kynev, political scientist from the Higher School of Economics, picks examples from the Russian elections to illustrate the entire range of populist techniques and their evolution in Russia.

Ukraine embraced by populists

Populism has been an integral part of Ukraine’s public policy from the very beginning of the country’s sovereignty. What kind of Ukrainian values have supported it? Why conventional left-wing parties lost their ground to the populists? What is happening on the populistic front now? You will find answers to these and other questions in our analytical article

Scandinavian populism. Has Sweden had a narrow escape from a disaster at its recent parliamentary elections?

Not only in Russia was September 9th a single voting day: Swedish voters also went to the polling stations on that day to exercise their right to vote in general national elections with over 20% supporting Swedish Democrats, populist anti-immigrant party. Since experts expected the ultra right to fare even better, the results of recent elections are perceived as a victory of progressive forces. However, loss of majority in Rigsdag by socialists brings new political risks related either to minority government or grand political coalition. In both scenarios the new cabinet is unlikely to resolve all problems, which fuel popularity of the ultra right forces in Sweden, namely unemployment and difficulty of integrating 1st generation migrants in society.

Populism. Evolution in Russian politics

A group of like-minded social activists and experts from think tanks in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and Germany held a number of meetings starting from autumn 2015 in an attempt to imagine new security layout in Europe, discuss possible scenarios of the European future, explore solutions to the crisis between Russia and Ukraine as well as Russia and the West. Following a number of meetings the group has prepared an analytical report highlighting possible solutions for these problems. Below you will find the third part of this report on populist movements and sources of their origin in Russia and Europe

Populism. Its roots, specificity, and future in Russia

“European Dialogue” Expert Group and Konrad Adenauer Foundation have completed a joint project focused on studying populism as a contemporary European and Russian phenomenon. As the result of the study early in 2018 a team of European and Russian experts published a book “Populism as a Common Challenge”. The European Dialogue website presents the 8th chapter from the book, where Lev Gudkov, Head of Yuri Levada analytical centre looks into phases of Russian populism and compares Alexei Navalny’s and Vladimir Putin’s versions of populism

Putin, Berlusconi, Sarkozy are three populists?

"The European Dialogue” expert group presents the 7th chapter of this book, in which Alexey Berelovitch, doctor of science, University of Sorbonne compares the nature of populism demonstrated by three European leaders: Nikolas Sarkozy in France, Silvio Berlusconi in Italy, and Vladimir Putin in Russia

Populism in the West and in Russia: similarities and differences in the comparative perspective

"European Dialogue” Expert Group and Konrad Adenauer Foundation have completed a joint project focused on studying populism as a contemporary European and Russian phenomenon. As the result of the study early in 2018 a team of European and Russian experts published a book “Populism as a Common Challenge”. "The European Dialogue” group posts the fifth chapter of this book, in which Andrey Medushevsky, researcher, philosopher and professor of the Department of Social Science of the National Research University explores aspects of populism out of the ideological context, looking into its social and phycological nature, compares populism-driven trends in Russia and Europe, and recommends practical measures to overcome populism

Right and National Populism in Western Europe

“European Dialogue” Expert Group and Konrad Adenauer Foundation have completed a joint project focused on studying populism as a contemporary European and Russian phenomenon. As the result of the study early in 2018 a team of European and Russian experts published a book “Populism as a Common Challenge”. "The European Dialogue” presents the sixth chapter of the book, in which Carsten Grabov, researcher and political analyst from Konrad Adenauer Foundation explores the results gained by European populist parties at recent elections, looks into the differences between left, right and nationalistic populists and their future at EU political arena

Populism. The reasons for the rise in the developed countries and the absence in the post-Soviet space

“European Dialogue” Expert Group and Konrad Adenauer Foundation have completed a joint project focused on studying populism as a contemporary European and Russian phenomenon. As the result of the study early in 2018 a team of European and Russian experts published a book “Populism as a Common Challenge”. The 4th chapter of the book was posted at “European Dialogue” expert group’s website, in which Andrey Ryabov, leading expert from Primakov Institute of the Russian Academy of Science, analyses various parameters of populism as well as its dependence on particular types of political regime and elite

Populism and political institutions. Comparative perspective

How does modern populism work in European countries, when do safety mechanism, which are intended to protect the political system fail, what is the difference between various types of populism? Our next publication answers these questions and some more

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