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Global governance under populism: the challenge of information suppression

Carnegie, Allison, Clark, Richard and Zucker, Noah ORCID: 0000-0001-5535-3661 (2024) Global governance under populism: the challenge of information suppression. World Politics. ISSN 0043-8871 (In Press)

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Populists’ ideological opposi0on to global governance is well recognized, yet whether and how these actors systema0cally undermine interna0onal organiza0ons (IOs) remains unclear. We argue that a key means by which populists warp global governance is by distor0ng scien0fic informa0on, which is necessary for global responses to many public health and environmental issues. Populists are mo0vated to withhold or misreport scien0fic informa0on due to their an0-elite, pro-state sovereignty views. Using new data on the source and quality of informa0on provided to IOs, we find that populist leaders are significantly less likely to provide scien0fic informa0on to these organiza0ons than other types of leaders. When they do offer such data, it is less accurate than the informa0on supplied by other sources. Our findings suggest that populism may stymie interna0onal ins0tu0ons’ ability to govern in areas of pressing interna0onal concern.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2024 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2024 11:15
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 04:21

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