Social Challenges for Business in the Age of Populism

Dorottya Sallai*, Glenn D Morgan, Magnus Feldmann, Marcus Gomes, Andrew Spicer

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The last decade has seen the rise of populist leaders and parties around the world. Despite some setbacks, such as the electoral defeats of U.S. President Donald Trump in 2020 and President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil in 2022, populism continues to exert significant influence in these countries and to gain ground in other nations through electoral processes (e.g., Orbán in Hungary, Meloni in Italy, and Erdoğan in Turkey in 2022–2023). Even in countries where populists fail to control executive or legislative power, they can be highly influential in shaping the policies of mainstream parties either directly through participation in coalitions (e.g., in Finland) or from outside the government by threatening future electoral defeats (e.g., in Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-299
Number of pages21
JournalBusiness and Society
Issue number2
Early online date8 Jan 2024
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2024

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The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported from a project within the NORFACE research program “Democratic governance in a turbulent age (Governance)” with funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 462-19-080.


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