Populism and its Effects on Democratic Institutions: A Double-Edged Sword


  • Mr. Salman Rashid Center for Governance and Policy, Islamabad Author


Populism, Democracy, Institutions, Checks and Balances, Polarization, Public Trust, Rule of Law, Authoritarianism, Participation, Representation


This article examines the complex relationship between populism and democratic institutions. While populists often campaign on promises of invigorating democracy through popular will, their tactics and ideologies can paradoxically weaken essential checks and balances, erode trust in established institutions, and exacerbate societal divisions. The article explores both the potential benefits and negative consequences of populism on democratic health, drawing on examples from various countries and theoretical frameworks. It concludes by emphasizing the need for nuanced analysis and careful consideration of context when assessing the long-term impact of populism on democratic institutions.