Wednesday 15th from 3.30-5.00pm followed by light refreshments
Horizons Seminar Series, Bell School, Australian National University
Lecture Theatre 1.02, Sir Roland Wilson Building (120), McCoy Circuit, ANU
Rising support for populist parties has disrupted the politics of many Western societies. What explains this phenomenon? Two theories are examined here. Perhaps the most widely-held view of mass support for populism – the economic insecurity perspective–emphasizes the consequences of profound changes transforming the workforce and society in post-industrial economies. Alternatively, the cultural backlash thesis suggests that support can be explained as a reaction against cultural changes that threaten the worldview of once-predominant sectors of the population.