Populists and the Pandemic examines the responses of populist political actors and parties in 22 countries around the globe to the COVID-19 pandemic, in terms of their attitudes, rhetoric, mobilization repertoires, and policy proposals.

The responses of some populist leaders have received much public attention, as they denied the severity of the public health crisis, denigrated experts and data, looked for scapegoats, encouraged protests, questioned the legitimacy of liberal institutions, spread false information, and fueled conspiracies. But how widespread are those particular reactions? How much variation is there? What explains the variation that does exist? This volume considers these questions through critical analysis of countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa, by leading experts with deep knowledge of their respective cases. Some chapters focus on populist parties, others on charismatic populist leaders. Some countries examined are democracies, others autocracies. Some populists are left wing, others right wing. Some populists are in government, others in opposition. This variation allows for a panoramic consideration of factors that systematically influence or mediate populist responses to the pandemic. The book thus makes a unique contribution to our understanding of the intersection between two of the most pressing social and political challenges of our time.

The book will be of interest to all those researching populism, extremism, and political parties and those more broadly interested in political science, public policy, sociology, communications, and economics.

The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license. Thanks to the support of libraries working with Knowledge Unlatched www.knowledgeunlatched.org

chapter 1|18 pages

Populists and the Pandemic

How Populists Around the World Responded to COVID-19
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chapter 2|10 pages

The United States

Trump, Populism, and the Pandemic
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chapter 3|15 pages


A Politically Effective Populist Pandemic Response
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chapter 4|13 pages


“We Are All Going To Die One Day”
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chapter 5|11 pages


Peronism and Inclusionary Populist Adaptation to the Pandemic
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The United Kingdom

The Pandemic and the Tale of Two Populist Parties
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chapter 7|13 pages


Different Populist Responses with Similar (and Limited) Outcomes
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chapter 8|13 pages


The Diverging Strategies of the Populist Radical Right During the Pandemic
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chapter 9|12 pages


When Populists Must Manage Crisis Instead of Performing It
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chapter 10|10 pages


Creeping Authoritarianism in the Name of Pandemic Response
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chapter 11|11 pages


Governing the Unpredictable through Market Imperative
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chapter 12|10 pages


From the Pandemic Crisis to Democratic Decline
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chapter 13|14 pages


The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly Consequences of India's Pandemic Response
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chapter 14|11 pages

The Philippines

Penal Populism and Pandemic Response
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chapter 15|11 pages


Muddling Through Populism and the Pandemic
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chapter 16|12 pages


Populist Performance and Authoritarian Practice During COVID-19
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chapter 17|11 pages


A Populist Legacy and Authoritarian Response
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chapter 18|11 pages


Narrating the Eradication of COVID-19
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chapter 19|10 pages

South Africa

From Populist Inertia to Insurrection
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chapter 20|9 pages


Balancing Respectability and Radicalization in a Pandemic
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chapter 21|13 pages


The Alternative for Germany in the COVID-19 Pandemic
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chapter 22|12 pages


Against the Government and Its Parties, (Not So Much) with the People
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chapter 23|11 pages

The Netherlands

Divergent Paths for the Populist Radical Right
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