The Impact of Covid-19 on Populism: Will it be Weakened?

Kieler Beiträge zur Wirtschaftspolitik, 26, June 2020, p. 90ff Download PDF

  • Data shows that populist and non-populist governments implemented similar policies to contain the pandemic.
  • Non-populist governments see stronger increases in popularity.
  • Populist governments use the crisis to extend their powers in the political system.
  • Populist governments are unlikely to be weakened by the Covid-19 crisis.
  • A severe economic crisis might lead to a wave of populist actors getting elected into government.


Győző Gyöngyösi | Kiel Institute
Győző Gyöngyösi