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Erin K. Jenne: Populism, Nationalism and Revisionist Foreign Policy

“Over the past decade, we have seen the rise of populist nationalist heads of state across a number of important electoral democracies—all of whom have made some version of the promise to make their countries ‘great again’. However, scholars are divided over whether these leaders' sometimes bombastic rhetoric has consistent or predictable effects on state foreign policy,” our Research Affiliate Erin Kristin Jenne writes in her article published in International Affairs.

This article introduces a framework for mapping the effects of populism and nationalism in foreign policy. It also illustrates the effects of disparate sovereigntist movements across three paired case-studies drawn from Europe, Latin America and the United States.

The article concludes that “nationalism has greater destructive effects for the international system when combined with populism, demonstrating the importance of distinguishing nationalism and populism conceptually in order to isolate their separate and combined effects on foreign policy.”

Read the full article here.

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