The Rise of Populism in Europe: A Challenge to Economic Orthodoxy?

Room: 
Ferrier Hall
Time Slot: 
Wednesday 28th March 09:00 - 10:30
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Emmy Eklundh (King's College London)
Panel Discussant: 
  • Professor Yannis Stavrakakis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Panel Members: 
  • Mr Daniel Smith (University of Cambridge)
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  • Dr Alen Toplišek (SOAS University of London)
  • Dr Matteo Cavallaro (IEP Tolosa)
  • Ms Marta Lorimer (London School of Economics)

This panel, convened by Alen Toplišek for the British and Comparative Political Economy Specialist Group and the Populism Specialist Group, examines the economic dimension of the contemporary rise of populism in Europe. In much of the recent academic and popular literature on European populism, the focus has been on the cultural characteristics of populist parties and movements, while neglecting the economic underpinnings of populism in Europe. The papers on this panel seek to start addressing this lacuna by investigating the structural changes to the economy in the last three decades of globalisation that could account for the rise of populism, as well as interrogating the extent to which populists pose a threat to economic orthodoxy in Europe. As such, the panel presents a fresh look on the recent rise of populism in Europe that crosses the disciplinary boundaries of populism studies and political economy.