Has Populism Peaked? An Interview with Cas Mudde

While there have been numerous victories for populists in recent years, the extent of their influence may be declining

27 June 2023

Iván László Nagy

Marcin Król Fellow

In the following interview, Dutch political scientist Cas Mudde outlines how Europe has incorporated populism rather than create effective tools to mitigate its rise and highlights how the West’s promotion of liberal democracy is rooted in strategy, not ideology.

Recently, Iván László Nagy sat down with Cas Mudde to discuss the current state of populism in Europe and the United States. Cas Mudde’s research focuses on political extremism and populism in Europe and the United States, including the areas of political parties, extremism, democracy, civil society and European politics. You can listen to the podcast with the full interview below.

Iván László Nagy: In 2021, you said that the “populist hype” was over. Since then, Viktor Orbán won another landslide, Erdoğan won in Türkiye, FPÖ is getting stronger in Austria, and there is a rebirth of Trumpism in the US. Would you say this is a new wave, or are they the last ones standing from the mid-2010 cohort?

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Iván László Nagy

Marcin Król Fellow

Marcin Król Fellow. Ivan Laszlo Nagy is a 23-year-old Budapest-based political journalist, writing for a leading independent Hungarian news site, hvg.hu. As a UK graduate, his academic research about the communication techniques of populist regimes transformed into critical reporting about global democracy, with a special focus on quasi-authoritarian political flows in the West and in Hungary. His work as a reporter, analyst and commentator revolves around understanding the dynamics of societies oppressed by modern semi-dictators and working out ways for meaningful civic action within them, with special emphasis on mobilising young people for democratic action.

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