Measuring Populist Discourse: The Global Populism Database
Hawkins, Kirk A., Rosario Aguilar, Bruno Castanho Silva, Erin K. Jenne, Bojana Kocijan, Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, 2019
This research note introduces the Global Populism Database, which measures the populist discourse of political chief executives in 66 countries, primarily between 2000 and 2018. The measure is based on a textual analysis of political speeches. After describing the data and data generation process, the authors use the data to measure the level of populism across governments and to conduct sample analyses of populism's causes and consequences. The database also includes a measure of left-right ideology.