The Timbro Authoritarian Populism Index (TAP) has been one of the most popular index over the last few years. Timbro recently published its 2019 edition, tracking the status of populist movements across Europe in the past year. According to the data, 2018 was a successful year for populist parties, with over 1 in 4 European citizens, or 26.8 percent casting votes for authoritarian populist parties. In addition to this, the average voter support for populist parties, or people who claim to be a part of the movement, now stands at 22.2 percent, a 1.5 percent increase from 2017.
In 2017, after years of sounding the alarm on Pennsylvania’s billions of dollars in state pension debt, the Commonwealth Foundation (CF) saw its hard work pay off. That’s because state policymakers came together — conservatives and progressives alike — to sign off on Act 5, a plan that is projected to save the state billions and secure the retirements of government workers.
Lipa Taxpayers Association is a small shop, with just one full-time employee and a modest budget. But with grit and ingenuity it stopped Croatia’s new property tax dead in its tracks, unleashing such a powerful public backlash that Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic was forced to repeal the tax in 2017 before it was ever implemented. Public outcry against the country’s high tax burden has been so strong ever since Lipa’s efforts that it has become virtually impossible to pass tax hikes of any kind in Croatia.
When it comes to effecting change, the first step is knowing the facts. Sometimes change starts with a story. For the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, that story came from an unlikely source: British Columbia.
In a Rust Belt swing state where “tough on crime” has been the norm for decades, one think tank has dared to challenge preconceived notions about crime, ex-offenders and why it’s so important for a state’s economy to tap into a segment of human capital that has been squandered for far too long.
The Fraser Institute releases its Economic Freedom of the World Index annually, which ranks every country based on the degree to which each country’s policies and institutions support economic freedom. Audace Institut Afrique (AIA), an Atlas Network partner located in Côte d'Ivoire, recently ranked 132nd in the index. While their economic freedom scores rank average at best, AIA is digging in its heels and pressing for reform, striving to protect private property, rule of law, and individual freedom for the millions of citizens affected by deficient policies. AIA hosted an Economic Freedom Forum with the Fraser Institute to engage in panel discussions with decision makers, opinion leaders, economists, and think tanks to identify areas to reform in Côte d'Ivoire’s economy.
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