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Hugo Marcos-Marné reviews Eichengreen's 'The Populist Tempation' for Democratization

The Populist Temptation offers a historical perspective on the economic, political, and social conditions under which populist politics may flourish. It pays particular attention to how individuals’ economic expectations fuel populism, focusing on populist reactions that have taken place in the United States and some European countries (crucially, England, and Germany) since the end of the nineteenth century. To do so, Eichengreen employs a comparative historical analysis that brings together economic theories, aggregated statistics, and tailored narratives to the cases. Furthermore, the book includes important thoughts on the expected effects of populism, in particular for the U.S and the European Union, and advances suggestions on the kind of political decisions that could mitigate its expansion.

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Marcos-Marné, Hugo (2019) The Populist Temptation. Economic Grievance and Political Reaction in the Modern Era, by Barry Eichengreen, Democratization, online first [»].

Eichengreen, Barry (2018) Populist Temptation. Economic Grievance and Political Reaction in the Modern Era. Oxford University Press [»].