comparative politics

Varieties of Populism in a Changing Global Context. The Divergent Paths of Ergoğan and Kirchnerismo, S. Erdem Aytaç & Ziya Öni

Research Papers & Analysis


While the literature on populism is rich on specifying the characteristics of populist movements that distinguishes them from non-populists, much less attention has been paid on distinguishing between different types of populist movements. In this article we highlight and account for divergent trajectories of populist practice in two major emerging economies—Argentina and Turkey. We stress that both the Kirchner governments of Argentina and the Erdoğan governments of Turkey closely fit to the populist pattern of rule, yet a close analysis of their policies suggests a left-wing type of populism in Argentina and a right-wing type in Turkey. Beyond identifying divergent strands of populism in two national contexts, we also explain the mix of domestic and external factors that accounts for this contrasting pattern.


Published in Comparative Politics, Volume 47, Number 1, October 2014, pp. 41-59,