Populist Foreign Policy: Mapping the Developing Research Program on Populism in International Relations

Daniel F. Wajner, Philip Giurlando

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Abstract

This article reviews one of the expanding research programs in interna- tional relations (IR): the study of populist foreign policy (PFP). Recent years have witnessed a significant proliferation of IR scholars researching the nexus between the global rise of populism and their foreign policies across different countries, regions, and sub-fields. However, scientific progress at such stage of this research program demands an in-depth "mapping"of its different ontological approaches. To this end, we identify and explore five "schools"of PFP that have been consolidated in the last decade, while highlighting their accomplishments in understanding the distinctive pop- ulist elements in foreign policy and their possibilities of analyzing local and external conditions under which PFP impacts global politics. We also set the stage for future contributions on the drivers, patterns, and effects of PFP, under the assumption that the populist phenomenon and its transna- tional dimensions will continue to affect IR prospects for a long time to come.

Original languageAmerican English
Article numberviae012
JournalInternational Studies Review
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2024

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Keywords

  • global populism
  • international relations theory
  • populist foreign policy

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