The Guardian’s textual analysis of political speeches from the past 20 years has resulted in some very surprising findings
Ever since Donald Trump’s presidential election and the UK’s Brexit vote, scholars have been trying to get a handle on populism. Who counts as populist? How does populism work? What are the conditions in which populists come to power or win referendums, and what tends to happen once they do?
Fortunately, political scientists have been asking these questions for decades – particularly those like me with an interest in Latin America, where populism has deep roots stretching back to the mid-20th century with leaders such as Brazil’s Getúlio Vargas and Argentina’s Juan Perón.