Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics, Harvard Kennedy School; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Government, Harvard University; Faculty Associate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Professor of Political Science, University of Manchester; Co-Director, 2015 British Election Study
October 21, 2016
2:15pm - 4:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus 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.**
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.