Populism and the Economics of Globalization
No 12119, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers
Populism may seem like it has come out of nowhere, but it has been on the rise for a while. I argue that economic history and economic theory both provide ample grounds for anticipating that advanced stages of economic globalization would produce a political backlash. While the backlash may have been predictable, the specific form it took was less so. I distinguish between left-wing and right-wing variants of populism, which differ with respect to the societal cleavages that populist politicians highlight. The first has been predominant in Latin America, and the second in Europe. I argue that these different reactions are related to the relative salience of different types of globalization shocks.
Keywords: Globalization; populism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G02 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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