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This blog offers you comments on recent events written by members of D+C’s editorial team. You’ll find one or two posts per week. The guiding question is whether something is good or bad for global development.

by Hans Dembowski

Yascha Mounk’s assessment of the rise of populist leaders

Yascha Mounk’s book “The people vs. democracy” is a forceful appeal to fight populism and defend the established principles of constitutional democracies. Mounk does a great job of elaborating the many ways in which democracy is currently at risk, but his use of the term “democracy” is superficial. If we reduce it to the rule of a temporary majority or – worse – maroritarianism in the sense of big population groups deserving privileges, we ultimately play into the hands of irresponsible populists.
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by Hans Dembowski

The important ways in which AMLO differs from Trump

Andrés Manuel López Obrador – commonly known as AMLO – has won Mexico’s presidential elections. Some observers say that he is an irresponsible populist who in many ways resembles Donald Trump, the president of the United States. Differences, however, are quite clear to anyone who uses an academically precise definition of “populism”.
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by Hans Dembowski

Kishore Mahbubani asks: “Has the west lost it?”

Kishore Mahbubani is a public intellectual from Singapore, where he teaches public policy at the national university. He has a long track-record of criticising western powers. His latest book, however, expresses the hope that they might finally stick live up to their own principles. Most of all, he wants them to practice the multilateralism they have been preaching to others for decades.
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by Hans Dembowski

Fake narrative in The Economist

Fake news in the media is getting a lot of attention these days – for good reason. It is worth pointing out, however, that false narratives can distort coverage too. I found a recent example in The Economist so irritating that I wrote the author an email, which I think is worth sharing with you. The Economist does not indicate contributors' names, so I addressed the author by the name of his column.
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