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Seminar on the State and Capitalism since 1800

Trump, Brexit, and the Rise of Populism: Economic Have-nots and Cultural Backlash


October 21, 2016
2:15pm - 4:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Busch Hall
October 21, 2016
2:15pm - 4:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Busch Hall

** Please note: Those planning to attend events in this series should read the paper that will be posted on the CES website before the seminar.**

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Rising support for populist parties has disrupted the politics of many Western societies. What explains this phenomenon? Two theories are examined here. Perhaps the most widely-held view of mass support for populism -- the economic insecurity perspective--emphasizes the consequences of profound changes transforming the workforce and society in post-industrial economies. Alternatively, the cultural backlash thesis suggests that support can be explained as a retro reaction by once-predominant sectors of the population to progressive value change.

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