CES: Trump, Brexit, and the Rise of Populism: Economic Have-nots and Cultural Backlash


Friday, October 21, 2016, 2:15pm to 4:00pm


Adolphus Busch Hall, Hoffmann Room, 27 Kirkland St. Cambridge

Seminar on the State and Capitalism since 1800

ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney; McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics, Harvard Kennedy School; Faculty Associate, CES

** Please note: Those planning to attend events in this series should read the paper that will be posted on the CES website before the seminar.**

Rising support for populist parties has disrupted the politics of many Western societies. What explains this phenomenon? Two theories are examined here. Perhaps the most widely-held view of mass support for populism -- the economic insecurity perspective--emphasizes the consequences of profound changes transforming the workforce and society in post-industrial economies. Alternatively, the cultural backlash thesis suggests that support can be explained as a retro reaction by once-predominant sectors of the population to progressive value change.

Seminar on the State and Capitalism since 1800