Graphic content – February; The Rise of Populism – Looking beyond inequality

Kacper Brzezniak
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1st February 2017

The recent rise of populism in developed economies looks set to continue, and perhaps even grow further. Upcoming elections in Europe will reveal more.

A common narrative we hear so often is that this populism is driven by inequality, with much of the population ‘left behind’. However, in the UK inequality has been stable over the last decade, while both in the US and UK, the groups most negatively affected by the global financial crisis – young people – overwhelmingly rejected populist candidates.

We think the below charts can explain much of what is currently going on around the world:
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