International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Utopian Leadership: Populist Candidates in the Us and Mexico
Francisco García González

Populism in the United States is different from populism in Mexico in both their historical development and the direction of their ideological direction. However, both instances of populism are similar at a tactical level, in the way their candidates exercise leadership through political discourse alone. Through the use of Margaret Canovan’s study on populism, as well as literature by Alexander Herzen and Plato, the leadership of populist candidates is analyzed and compared. Right-wing populism in the United States looks different from Mexico’s leftleaning populism, yet they are still similar in how their candidates behave during election times.

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