Populist politicians gain traction when workers and middle-class citizens feel wronged by their countries' elites
For the better part of a century, populism was widely regarded as a distinctly Latin American phenomenon, a recurring political plague on countries such as Argentina, Ecuador, and Venezuela. In the last few years, however, populism has gone global, upending the politics of countries as diverse as Hungary, Italy, the Philippines, and the US. Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s president-elect, is the latest example of a larger trend.
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