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


  • Bayerlein
  • M.
  • Gyöngyösi
  • G.
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  • 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.

Kiel Institute Expert


Key Words

  • Corona crisis
  • COVID19
  • democracy
  • health
  • populism
  • Public Opinion