Populism in European Politics: On the rise or past its peak?

kutsutilaisuus · At the Auditorium of the Parliament Annex Building Arkadiankatu 3, Helsinki · 06.10.2017 10:30 - 12:30


The success of populist politics has been making headlines for several years, but recent developments question its current appeal. On the one hand, right-wing populists have consolidated their position in several East-Central European countries, and even gained power in the United States. On the other hand, they have failed to overturn the political scenario in the recent Dutch, French and German elections. This seminar explores current prospects for populist politics, with a focus on Europe. What are the driving factors of its popularity and what has constrained its appeal in the different national contexts? Can we generalise about ‘populism’ across Europe, or does the term hide complex and different political movements? What are the specific features of Nordic populism? Does populism undermine the democratic debate, or can it contribute to reviving it?

For further information, please contact: Marie-Louise Hindsberg,
Tel. +358 9 432 7712, marie-louise.hindsberg@fiia.fi


Populism - What is it and why should we care?

Cas Mudde

Associate Professor, Department of International Affairs, University of Georgia

Video recording of Associate Professor Cas Mudde's presentation


Anu Koivunen

Anu Koivunen

Professor, Stockholm University

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Niko Hatakka

Niko Hatakka

Doctoral Candidate, Centre for Parliamentary Studies, University of Turku

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Marco Siddi

Marco Siddi

Senior Research Fellow, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

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Juha Jokela