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Michael Burleigh

Michael Burleigh

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Michael Burleigh, a senior fellow at LSE Ideas, is the author, most recently, of Populism: Before and After the Pandemic (Hurst 2021).

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  1. A Dangerous New Variant of Populism
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    A Dangerous New Variant of Populism

    Aug 10, 2021 Michael Burleigh warns that conspiracy theorists and cranks are becoming fellow travelers to anti-green constituencies.

  2. Killer Politics
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    Killer Politics

    Jun 18, 2021 Michael Burleigh considers the history of assassination, its abiding place in popular culture, and its comeback as a tactic.

  3. The Second Coming of Fascism?
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    The Second Coming of Fascism?

    Jan 3, 2019 Michael Burleigh thinks we are witnessing not the rise of new Mussolinis, but the decay of modern conservatism.

  4. Brexit vs. the Irish Question
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    Brexit vs. the Irish Question

    Nov 7, 2018 Michael Burleigh marvels at Conservative Brexiteers' utter failure to consider the future of the peace accord – or of the UK.

  5. Confronting a New Era of Anti-Semitism
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    Confronting a New Era of Anti-Semitism

    Apr 6, 2017 Michael Burleigh finds hope in World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder's efforts to combat hate worldwide.

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    Diplomacy Could Help Revive Democracy in Venezuela

    Roberto Patiño urges the international community to help ensure a free and fair presidential election in July.
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    The Specter of Neo-Fascism Is Haunting Europe

    Slavoj Žižek

    With mainstream parties and politicians already preparing to accommodate the far right following this month's European Parliament election, the axiom of post-World War II European democracy has been quietly abandoned. “No collaboration with fascists" is being replaced by a tacit acceptance of them.

    harbors no illusions about what the outcome of the European Parliament election means.
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    Can Private Hospitals Increase Access to Health Care in Developing Countries?

    Titir Bhattacharya & Tanika Chakraborty show how innovative insurance schemes can help low- and middle-income economies achieve universal coverage.
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    Tracking Ukraine’s Reconstruction Funds

    Wolfgang Fengler & Vladyslav Rashkovan show how digital tools can streamline the process, improve transparency, and provide accountability.
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    Slovakia’s Anti-Democratic Government Is Doubling Down

    Soňa Muzikárová warns that the assassination attempt in May has led the government to double down on illiberal reforms.
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    D-Day and the Threat of Total War

    Robert Skidelsky

    After eight decades of relative peace, the world is once again dividing into hostile economic and geopolitical blocs. The 80th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy offers a valuable opportunity to reflect on the principles we are willing to defend and the sacrifices we are prepared to make.

    thinks understanding the causes and consequences of past global conflicts is crucial to preventing another one.
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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

    Maurice Obstfeld worries that a little-known, highly costly method of deficit reduction is gaining political traction.
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    Europe’s Green Transition Requires More Skilled Workers

    Julie Beaufils urges policymakers to boost the attractiveness of technical vocations by expanding access to apprenticeships.
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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.

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