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Home | Events Archive | Mobilization and the Strategy of Populism Theory and Evidence from the United States
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Mobilization and the Strategy of Populism Theory and Evidence from the United States


  • Series
  • Speaker(s)
    Massimo Morelli (Bocconi University, Italy)
  • Field
    Behavioral Economics
  • Location
    Online
  • Date and time

    February 08, 2021
    12:00 - 13:00

This paper proposes a mobilization theory of the adoption of populist strategies and provides evidence from US elections – the presidential elections in 2016 and the 2018 and 2020 House elections. A populist electoral campaign attracts disillusioned voters but may de-mobilize core partisans and/or mobilize core partisans in the other party. A populist strategy is more tempting for outsiders in

districts with low trust in traditional politics and high economic insecurity, and where the election is close.