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New Right Meets Old Left: The Strange Bedfellows of Post-Trump America

Thursday, November 4, 2021, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Seminar with Gladden Pappin

After four years of spectacle, the political playing field of America after Trump is starting to become clear. In response to populist demands, the Right has been rediscovering post-Keynesian industrial policy. Many call for the GOP to become a multiracial, working-class party. The need to regulate gigantic tech platforms has also spawned new alliances. Other parts of the GOP, eager to cash in on Trump’s popularity, adopt a populist tone atop persistent neoliberal commitments. How will these pressures play out over the next two election cycles? As a founder of the first journal to explore these changes, Gladden Pappin offers his view of the most important political trends on the American right.

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If you are unable to attend in person, the discussion will also be streamed online, on the DI’s Facebook page.


Gladden Pappin is a visiting senior fellow at the Mathias Corvinus Collegium in Budapest, on leave from the University of Dallas, where he is Associate Professor of politics. He co-founded American Affairs in 2017 and serves as its deputy editor. His work has recently been included in the Norton Anthology of American Political Thought. He received his AB in history and PhD in government, both from Harvard. His essay on “From Conservatism to Postliberalism: The Right after 2020” appeared in American Affairs (fall 2020). He is a contributor to the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Illiberalism (co-edited by Andras Sajo, Renata Uitz and Stephen Holmes).


Renata Uitz is Research Affiliate at CEU Democracy Institute, and Professor at the Department of Legal Studies. Her major research interests lie in transition to and from constitutional democracy, the protection of individual autonomy and religious liberty. Her current work focuses on illiberal constitutional practices and the normalization of illiberal constitutionalism around the world. She is a co-PI in the Jean Monnet Network BRIDGE, and in the multidisciplinary research network investigating the origins and iterations of illiberal constitutionalism in East Central Europe. Her books include The Constitution of Freedom: An Introduction to Legal Constitutionalism (OUP 2017) and the co-edited volume Critical Essays on Human Rights Criticism (Eleven 2020).