Populism has been on the rise worldwide since the global financial crisis of 2008, with few countries left entirely untouched by the phenomenon. At the same time, the specific circumstances of different countries vary considerably. It is important to understand these movements across the globe, both from a historical and socio-political lens. Strongmen Saviours: A Political Economy of Populism in India, Turkey, Russia and Brazil is an introduction to right-wing populist movements growing outside the West, looking at four key case studies, their commonalities and differences. It takes the case studies of India, Turkey, Russia and Brazil in turn, examining how they have each taken quite distinct journeys to similar destinations. It also seeks to offer a nuanced understanding of each country’s slide towards ‘strongman’ authoritarianism and an analysis of the common elements shared between them.
See Deepanshu Mohan, Abhinav Padmanabhan, Strongmen Saviours: A Political Economy of Populism in India, Turkey, Russia and Brazil (Routledge, 2022).
Chair: Sandhya Drew, Senior Lecturer, City Law School
Speakers: Associate Professor of Economics and Director, Centre for New Economics Studies at Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, O.P. Jindal Global
Abhinav Padmanabhan, Teaching and Research Fellow at the Jindal School of International Affairs and a Senior Research Assistant at CNES, Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, OP Jindal Global University
Discussant: Dr Madura Rasaratnam, Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics, Department of International Politics at City, University of London
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