Public Lecture: Trump, Brexit and the Rise of Populism
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
Abstract: 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.