Democracy Erodes From the Top (Guest: Larry M. Bartels)

Published May 23, 2023
Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Larry M. Bartels, University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Law and May Werthan Shayne Chair of Public Policy and Social Science at Vanderbilt University, to discuss his new book, Democracy Erodes from the Top: Leaders, Citizens, and the Challenge of Populism in Europe. They discuss the myth that there is a populist wave in contemporary European public opinion, and Bartels argues the real crisis stems not from an increasingly populist public but from political leaders who exploit or mismanage the chronic vulnerabilities of democracy.

Show Notes:

Salon: Paul Rosenberg – “What crisis of democracy? Scholar Larry Bartels says the real crisis is corrupt leaders”