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Populism and Democracy in Europe: History and Theory

Pierre Rosanvallon
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

ABSTRACT |  Facing the declining performance of elections, there are two options. The populist one proposes a vision of representation as incarnation, a more direct people’s sovereignty with referendums, the rejection of independent authorities and constitutional courts. Another one, the post-electoral democracy, put the emphasis on the necessity of making democracy more complex and not simpler. It implies a democratic critic of populism and not only a liberal one.

BIO | Pierre Rosanvallon is a French intellectual and historian, and professor at the Collège de France, where he is the chair of Modern and Contemporary History of Politics. His works are dedicated to the history of democracy, French political history, the role of the state and the question of social justice in contemporary societies. In the 1970s Rosanvallon was one of the primary theoreticians of workers' self-management in the French Democratic Confederation of Labour (CDFT) trade union. In 2002 Rosanvallon created La République des Idées, an "intellectual workshop" which he presides. The group publishes a review and books.

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PARTNER: Institut Francais, Budapest

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