Reclaiming Populism contends that populist upheavals like Trump, Brexit, and the Gilets Jaunes happen when the system really is rigged. Citizens the world over are angry, not due to immigration or income inequality, but economic unfairness: the sense of being held back from success because opportunity is not equal and reward is not according to contribution.
This forensic book demonstrates that illiberal populism strikes hardest when family origins decide success rather than talent and effort. The authors, Eric Protzer and Paul Summerville propose a framework of policy inputs that instead support high social mobility, and apply it to diagnose the differing reasons behind economic unfairness in the US, UK, Italy, and France.
Author: Eric Protzer, Growth Lab Research Fellow
Moderator: Ricardo Hausmann, Director of the Harvard Growth Lab and Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy at HKS