Revealed: the rise and rise of populist rhetoric

Major study analysing speeches of leaders from 40 countries over two decades shows surge in populism

A two-decade surge in populist rhetoric that has upended the global political landscape can be revealed for the first time after the Guardian commissioned a study of speeches by almost 140 world leaders.

The research, which is based on analysis of public addresses by prime ministers, presidents and chancellors in 40 countries, suggests the number of populist leaders has more than doubled since the early 2000s.

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