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 this public event, leading academics, politicians, activists and practitioners will offer up their ‘big idea’ for responding to populism in a series of three-minute pitches, with the audience selecting the winning idea. Join us to debate whether we can – or should – ‘fix’ populism. 

Speakers will include:

  • Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, International Development Department at the University of Birmingham
  • Tereza Capelos, Senior Lecturer in Political Psychology and Deputy Director of the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at the University of Birmingham
  • The Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell, Member of Parliament for the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield
  • Miriam Lexmann, Director of the EU Office of the International Republican Institute
  • Philippe C. Schmitter, Emeritus Professor, European University Institute
  • Hilary Wainwright, Sociologist, political activists and co-editor of Red Pepper
  • Dan Lawes, Founder & Editor, YouthPolitics UK
  • Keboitse Machangana, Director of Global Programmes, International IDEA
  • Anthony Smith, CEO of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy
  • Edin Elgsaether, Knowledge and Innovation Advisor, Netherlands Institute for Multi-party Democracy
  • Matt Qvortrup, Chair of Applied Political Science, Coventry University
Photo credit: Paste-up street art, Berlin. Photo by Dr Case. Original image here. Used under creative commons (CC BY-NC 2.0).
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