Latvia Pop: Three Cases of post-Soviet Populism

to whom belongs the state

Who owns the State? is the new populist actor in Latvia.

Like a salmon swimming upstream, while scholars on populism debate about Brexit, the Spanish elections, the Icelandic new President, and Italian local elections, POP presents an article written by Ilze Balcere about the story of populist movements in Post-Soviet Latvia. Although they have been mainly short-lived and ephemeral experiences, a couple of populist parties made it to the national parliament (Saeima). Ilze Balcere traces the evolution of populism in Latvia in the last 20 years and claims that  in her country populism does not seem to be a particularly successful political strategy, but this might change in the future. Continue reading