Populist leaders like Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, the United Kingdom’s Boris Johnson and U.S. President Trump are presiding over the world’s highest COVID-19 death tolls, thanks to denial of the public health threat or unwillingness to implement painful solutions. And their popularity is fading fast. Bolsonaro and Trump have plunged in the polls, a condition that has spread to Europe’s far-right. The prognosis? A Democratic world shifting back toward liberalism, posits journalist James Traub. But without addressing the preexisting conditions — weakened institutions and a lack of social cohesion — a relapse is likely.
OZY takes a look at the local leaders filling the void.SOURCES: FOREIGN POLICY