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As part of the Humboldt Lab’s new series „Meet the Scientist“, Michael Zürn presents his research on populism and is open to questions by visitors.

Usually, a clear difference is being made between a potentially democratising populism on the left, and an undemocratic populism on the right side of the political spectrum. But in this perspective, the real challenges for democracy are being underestimated: The fact, that it is primarily authoritarian populists that try to get into power and undermine democracy. Their all-embracing ideology exploits the weaknesses of existing democracies. They are particularly dangerous when they question the liberal regime of truth.