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Populism, Asian style: 40 percent of the continent under populist governance

THE populist wave that has swept the world in recent years has shaken up global politics and sent many establishment-politicians’ heads spinning. Much of the focus has been in the western hemisphere, with the rise of Trump and more recently Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, along with bubbling populism across Europe. But Asia is far from immune. A recent study from the Institute for Global Change found 40 percent of Asia’s population is governed by populists. A startling figure until you realise the continent is home to two of the top three most populous democracies in the world ruled by populists: Narendra Modi in India, and Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in Indonesia. SEE ALSO: These charts prove the world is actually becoming a better place Add to that the Philippines under the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte, and it accounts for over 1.7 billion people. But populism means different things to different rulers, something that is reflected in the distinct leadership style of each. While there is always an element of us vs them to populists’ rhetoric, who exactly falls into each group tends to differ. Types of populism The report differentiates between three versions of populism most commonly used today. Cultural populism, the report states, claims “the true people are the native members of the nation-state, and outsiders can include immigrants, criminals, ethnic and religious minorities, and cosmopolitan elites.” Both Modi and Duterte have deployed this style but with very different focuses. In India, Modi has relied on nationalist and religious appeals to whip up popularity, while in the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte uses law-and-order rhetoric. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte poses for a selfie while surrounded by supporters and lawmakers after delivering his state of the nation address at Congress in Manila on July 23, 2018. Source: AFP The relatively recent emergence of functioning democracies... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Populism, Asian style: 40 percent of the continent under populist governance, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Populism, Asian style: 40 percent of the continent under populist governance

 

 

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Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Monday, 7 January

 

 

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