Gov't Professor's Op-Ed Discusses Populism Today
Alan Draper, Michael W. Ranger and Virginia R. Ranger Professor of Government, wrote an opinion article for The Hill, titled "The Paradox of Populism," which ran on Feb. 20.
Draper writes, "Populist leaders then emerge who promise to retain democracy but avoid its unappealing aspects. They propose a seductive alternative, implying that citizens, in effect, can have their cake and eat it, too."
Draper says while populist parties may take advantage of the immaturity of citizens who think they can have democracy without politics, "... In the very process of mobilizing them, exposing them to the real world of politics, it may contribute to their civic maturity."