Populist parties have existed in Europe for decades. Mostly on the periphery since the end of World War II, many have become mainstream once again in recent years. Their candidates are winning elections, gaining seats in government, and upending political establishments on a larger scale – as the Brexit campaign success shows. Meanwhile, both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are described as manifestations of the same phenomenon in the United States. In short, populism is a rising force in politics around the Western world. What are the contours of modern populism, and what forces are fueling its current urgency? Are the refugee crisis and economic decline responsible, or is today’s populism the fruit of decades of globalization?
Policy experts, researchers, and practitioners will convene at this half-day symposium to explore the recent surge of populist movements and the myriad ways they are changing the political landscape.