This group exists to promote the study of populist discourses, movements and parties at a local, national, European and international level. It aims at encouraging a rigorous theoretical and conceptual grounding of populism research as well as the strengthening of its analytical scope through comparative, quantitative and qualitative methods.

The Populism Specialist Group purports to facilitate a critical dialogue about contemporary democratic politics, and populism’s complex role within that. It particularly invites the participation and contribution of international scholars from countries and regions where populism has marked political culture shaping political frontiers and stimulating antithetical discursive articulations.

The group’s Co-Convenors are Giorgos Venizelos (University of Cyprus), George Newth (University of Bath), Lone Sorensen (University of Leeds), Juan Roch González (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Theo Aiolfi (CY Cergy Paris University) and Thomás Zicman de Barros (Sciences Po Paris). Please get in touch if you would like further information or have any suggestions for the group.


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Dr Giorgos Venizelos

Role: Co-Convenor
Institution: Democracy Institute, Central European University


Dr Thomás Zicman de Barros

Role: Co-Convenor
Institution: Sciences Po Paris


Dr George Newth

Role: Co-Convenor
Institution: University of Bath


Dr Lone Sorensen 

Role: Co-Convenor
Institution: University of Leeds


Dr Juan Roch González

Role: Co-Convenor
Institution: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid


Dr Theo Aiolfi

Role: Co-Convenor
Institution: CY Cergy Paris University


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Call for Papers: 8th PSG annual workshop