Fernando Casal Bértoa

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As Europe’s fall election seasons wraps up, observers continue worrying about an ongoing threat to democracy from populism. A quarter of Austrian voters cast their ballots for the far-right Freedom Party. In the Czech Republic, voters put an anti-establishment, anti-E.U. billionaire in the prime minister’s seat. In Germany’s fall election, Alternative for Germany, an extremist party with nativist and anti-immigration rhetoric, entered parliament, the first time a far-right party has done so since 1948. And two regions in Italy voted for more autonomy. Political scientists, journalists and economists have all argued that populism is on the rise.

Not everyone agrees. Political scientist Larry Bartels argued here at the Monkey Cage that there’s no “wave” of populism — that populist sentiment has been there all along but is currently finding new expression.…  Seguir leyendo »

Si uno lee con detalle la prensa diaria, o se para a ver las últimas contribuciones académicas, parecería que el éxito de los partidos protesta es una realidad en las democracias occidentales consolidadas. De hecho, al aluvión de noticias, opiniones, artículos y libros que han puesto el grito en el cielo sobre el futuro de la democracia de partidos en los países europeos, se ha unido recientemente el informe elaborado por la casa financiera Bridgewater. Este trabajo, que ofrece información sobre el apoyo electoral a partidos populistas desde 1900 hasta 2016, vendría a asegurar que desde la Gran Recesión (2008) los niveles de voto a formaciones extremas se han incrementado notablemente e incluso habrían superado los valores registrados durante el período de entreguerras.…  Seguir leyendo »

On Sunday, Serbians chose a new president — electing Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic with an estimated 54.9 percent majority.

Why would Serbia’s prime minister shift gears to seek the more ceremonial position of president of the Republic of Serbia? The move reflects an ongoing effort to solidify the position of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS). It may also be a sign of Serbia’s turn toward an “illiberal” democracy — a political system marked by free and fair elections, but where rule of law, separation of powers, media freedom and other types of liberties are undermined.

In an article published before the 2016 Serbian parliamentary elections, the third in just four years, we wrote that Prime Minister Vucic called for new elections in an attempt to extend his mandate until 2020, but also boost the SNS performance in the concurrent local elections.…  Seguir leyendo »