National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy

Michael Tippet Room - Staff House - Third Floor
Tuesday 16 October 2018 (13:00-17:00)

Daniele Albertazzi


Across the West, there is a rising tide of people who feel excluded, alienated from mainstream politics, and increasingly hostile towards minorities, immigrants and neo-liberal economics.

Many of these voters are turning to national populist movements, which have begun to change the face of Western liberal democracy, from the United States to France, Austria to the UK. This radical turn, we are told, is a last howl of rage from an aging electorate on the verge of extinction. Their leaders are fascistic and their politics anti-democratic; their existence a side-show to liberal democracy.

In this seminar, Professor Matthew Goodwin makes the case for serious, respectful engagement with the supporters and ideas of national populism - not least because it is a tide that won't be stemmed anytime soon. One of the UK’s most prominent and esteemed political scientists, Matthew will be presenting his new book “National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy” prior to its publication in October 2018.  The book will explain what national populism is and how it is shaping Western politics.


13.00- 14.30:  Presentation of “National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy” with Professor Matthew Goodwin, followed by Q&A

14.30-15.00: Tea and coffee

15.30-17.00: Roundtable. "Challenges to democracy in Europe". Panellists: Prof. Matthew Goodwin (Kent) , Dr Daniele Albertazzi (POLSIS), Prof. Kataryna Wolczuk (POLSIS), Prof. David Cutts (POLSIS). Chair: Dr Tim Haughton (POLSIS)