Webinar: Populism in a COVID-Affected World

Members event
15 September 2020 — 1:00PM TO 2:00PM

During times of crisis, populist leaders have sought to rally nationalist sentiment, but such initial domestic enthusiasm can be short lived. With the lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on society, healthcare and economics yet to be overcome, will populism remain a winning political strategy?

This webinar explores how different populist leaders have responded to the COVID-19 outbreak around the world and asks if the pandemic has exposed the limitations of populism.

With some populist leaders downplaying the need for lockdowns and questioning scientific evidence, to what extent is populism a threat to post-COVID recovery? Or are populist leaders shining a spotlight on genuine grievances and policy issues? And what trends can we expect to see in populist rhetoric and policies as we emerge out of lockdowns?

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Erin Kristin Jenne, Professor, International Relations Department, Central European University

Yasmeen Serhan, Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Nadia Urbinati, Political Theorist, Columbia University

Chair: Dr Angelos Chryssogelos, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House

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