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PERG Guest Lecture: Liberalism, Populism and Democracy: Anti-System Politics in Advanced Capitalism

The CEU Campus
Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Political Economy Research Group (PERG) cordially invite you to a talk titled


By Jonathan Hopkin / Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, Department of Government /  London School of Economics

Chair / Renira Angeles / Central European University

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 / 5:30 p.m. / #106 / Nador utca 15, Budapest

ABSTRACT  /  The financial crisis and long period of stagnation since have given a boost to populist and other anti-system parties in the advanced democracies. Work on economic voting predicts voters punishing incumbent governments in times of crisis, studies of austerity and depression predict nationalist or even fascist backlash, whilst globalization theorists predict a nationalist backlash in response to the destabilizing effects of trade openness and volatile capital markets. None of these theories seem to correctly predict the form anti-system politics takes in different countries. This paper maps out the different kinds of anti-system politics that has emerged in different advanced capitalist states, and assesses potential explanations for these differences. I identify four main types of anti-system party, and tentatively relate them to differences in welfare regime, financial institutions, electoral systems and ideological traditions.

JONATHAN HOPKIN  was awarded his doctorate in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute in 1995, and joined LSE in 2004. He has held various visiting positions in Spain, Italy and the United States,. His research has mostly focused on the politics and the political economy of Europe (and specifically Italy, Spain and the UK), with particular attention to party politics, inequality, corruption and political finance, and territorial politics. He is the author of Party Formation and Democratic Transition in Spain (Macmillan 1999), co-editor of Coalition Britain (Manchester University press, 2012) and has published widely in journals including the European Journal of Political Research, Governance, Party Politics, Politics and Society, the Review of International Political Economy and West European Politics. His current research focuses on the political causes and consequences of economic inequality, and the emergence of populism and anti-system parties in advanced democracies since the global financial crisis.