This article in Le Monde by two sociologists advances my contention that "populism" originates from the disappearance of quality employment for the middle classes.
I'm not entirely happy with this formulation of the problem: I think it is the "liberal professions" in particular that have been demoted in terms of status and income, and therefore of political independence and influence.
I have nearly all Rodrik's works (he's at Harvard). The limit of his approach is the failure to link "globalisation" to the essential dynamics of capitalist industry.
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