Blog: Populism – A matter of representation, context and communication

Esmeralda Bon, a doctoral researcher in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, reflect on key themes from REPRESENT’s recent conference, Political Parties in the Age of Populism. Esmeralda’s research focuses on public opinion and contemporary political communication strategies in the UK. The REPRESENT conference was an occasion for the necessary reflection and […]

Blog: Engagement as the “cure” for populism

Anna Silander, a doctoral researcher at the University of Nottingham’s School of Politics and International Relations reflects on REPRESENT’s recent conference. Anna’s research focuses on the evolution of right-wing populist parties in Europe. On 26-27 April, I attended the first international conference, Political Parties in the Age of Populism, by the Research Centre for the Study of […]

Seminar: The drivers of party system institutionalization in Africa’s young democracies

On May 3, Dr. Edalina Rodrigues Sanches from the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon presented her research at a REPRESENT seminar in Nottingham (co-hosted by the Nottingham Interdisciplinary Centre for Economic and Political Research). Edalina discussed her recent book, Party Systems in Young Democracies: Varieties of Institutionalization in Sub-Saharan Africa. For those that […]

You can “fix” populism in three minutes right?

At our public event on 26 April, we challenged ten leading academics, politicians, activists and practitioners to pitch their big idea for “fixing” populism… in three minutes. Some challenged the premise that populism was a problem that needed fixing, some looked for deeper causes and some put forward innovative options for renewing political institutions. All […]

And the winner is…

At our public event, one thing became clear: If you want to “fix” populism, you have get youth engaged in politics. After ten leading academics, politicians, activists and practitioners pitched their big ideas about how to respond to populism, the result of the audience vote was a tie! Our two winning pitches had something in […]

Populism: Can we fix it?

A public event, open to all. On April 26, 2018, from 17:30 to 19:00, at the Aston Webb Main Lecture Theatre,  University of Birmingham The recent electoral success of populist candidates in developed and developing countries has triggered a surge in concern about populism, the state of democracy, and the future of political parties. At […]

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