Keynote Lecture 1 - (Again) On Populism and Liberal Democracy

Hugh Aston 0.08
01/07/2019 (16:00-18:00)
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The Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence in European Governance at De Montfort University is delighted to announce two public keynote lectures on 1 and 4 July 2019, as part of its Summer School “A New Politics of Populism? Democracy in the 21st Century”.

We have the pleasure to host two prestigious speakers who will deliver the keynotes: Dr Daniele Albertazzi (University of Birmingham) and Dr Paolo Gerbaudo (King’s College London). The public keynotes are free to attend and open to all. However, booking is essential. Summer School participants will have access to the keynotes and do not need to register.

‘(Again) On Populism and Liberal Democracy’ –Dr Daniele Albertazzi, University of Birmingham

Populist parties have enjoyed significant electoral success in recent years. In Europe, this has led to competing populists being given the opportunity to govern and implement their signature policies – either alongside each other or in coalition with “mainstream” parties. This recent development brings into relief, once again, the incompatibility of populism with fundamental tenets of liberal democracy, as populists have continued to challenge the division of powers within the state, the sanctity of individual rights, and other key liberal principles. The main argument of this talk will be that populism as such – no matter what other ideologies attach themselves to it – inevitably erodes the liberal consensus. Having reviewed some of the evidence behind this claim, the conclusion will call for more comparative work to be produced on this important topic.

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