In Europe, the rise of far-right parties is pushing new agendas into mainstream politics. In a previously unthinkable move, the UK has voted to leave the European Union. Elsewhere, skepticism about the European Union is gaining voter traction for far-right groups, as is discontent over the migrant crisis. Terrorist attacks are fanning the flames of ethno-nationalism. For Western democracies, the pendulum is swinging from a historical emphasis on cooperation and connectedness – as political interests converged during globalization – to more insular and populist tendencies. Pessimists fear an erosion of democratic laws and shared social beliefs. In the US and elsewhere, the emergence of a “post- truth” political debate, along with the economic insecurity brought about by technological change,are upending the political landscape.
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The proportion of young Americans who believe it is absolutely important to live in a democratic country has dropped from 91% for people born in the 1930s to 57% for those born in the 1980s, according to the Washington Post.
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