Why populism?

Welcome to a lecture by professor Rogers Brubaker from University of California, Los Angeles. The lecture is followed by a panel debate.

It is commonplace to observe that we are living through an extraordinary pan-European and trans-Atlantic populist moment.

The moment includes the shocks of the Brexit and Trump victories, the increasingly authoritarian turn in Poland and Hungary as well as the electoral breakthrough of radical anti-immigration parties in Germany and Sweden.

But do the heterogeneous phenomena lumped under the rubric of “populist” in fact belong together? And if they do, what are the drivers and characteristics of populism? 

Key note: Rogers Brubaker, University of California, Los Angeles

Panel debate with comments by:


Moderator: Kacper Szulecki, Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Political Science, UiO


Rogers Brubaker is Professor of Sociology and UCLA Foundation Chair at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Brubaker has written widely on social theory, immigration, citizenship, nationalism, and ethnicity. His first book explored the idea of rationality in the work of Max Weber, while his essays on Pierre Bourdieu helped introduce Bourdieu to an English-speaking audience.

Brubaker is currently working on the pan-European and trans-Atlantic populist moment.  His most recent papers are “Between Nationalism and Civilizationism” and “Why Populism?

Tags: Populism
Published Aug. 21, 2018 2:50 PM - Last modified Dec. 4, 2018 8:59 AM