Marcel H. Van Herpen
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A plea for a cordon sanitaire
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The author proposes to keep populists out of government by building a cordon sanitaire, such as is the case in France, Belgium, and Sweden. The author rejects the argument that one can “tame” the populists by inviting them to participate in governments. He gives examples from Austria, Denmark, Norway, and Finland, where this strategy has not led to a weakening but rather to a strengthening of these parties. He rejects the populist claim that the mainstream political parties would form a “cartel.”

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