Populists rarely leave office without drama: Lessons from history


  • Trebesch
  • C.
  • Funke
  • M.
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Among 41 populist governments of the past 50 years, there are only 9 cases in which the populists left office in a regular manner. In the overwhelming majority (32 cases), however, there were irregular departures, i.e., they refused to leave office, despite losing an election or reaching the term limit (8 cases), they died in office (3 cases), they resigned (13 cases) or were forced to resign because of a coup, impeachment or a vote of no confidence (8 cases).


Key Words

  • Elections
  • Populism
  • Trump
  • USA

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