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Seminar on Populism


Populism has become an increasingly salient concept in social science research and the public sphere, as radical parties in Europe, the United States, and beyond have come to increasingly rely on anti-elite discourse, often in combination with nationalist appeals and authoritarian governance practices. This seminar explores the driving forces behind the resurgence of populism and its effects on party systems, democratic practice, and intergroup relations.

Drawing on the expertise of leading sociologists, political scientists, economists, and historians, the seminar will interrogate central questions confronting scholars of radical politics and aim to stimulate discussion among faculty and students from across campus who share an interest in this important topic.

Note: This seminar was formerly known as the Populism, Nationalism and Radical Politics Study Group. For details and past events see here.

Seminar Events Calendar

CANCELLED - Political Entrepreneurs: The Rise of Challenger Parties in Europe Seminar on Populism — CANCELLED - Political Entrepreneurs: The Rise of Challenger Parties in Europe
March 18, 2020
2:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Catherine de Vries – Professor of Political Science, Bocconi University; Research Associate, Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy
  • Chair Bart Bonikowski – Associate Professor of Sociology, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
Technopopulism: The New Logic of Democratic Politics European Politics Seminar & Seminar on Populism — Technopopulism: The New Logic of Democratic Politics
February 13, 2020
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Crossroads: Comparative Immigration Regimes in Europe and the World European Union Seminar — Crossroads: Comparative Immigration Regimes in Europe and the World
November 12, 2019
2:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Justin Gest – Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Schar School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, George Mason University
  • Chair Vivien A. Schmidt – Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University; CES Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
Populism and Liberal Democracy European Union Seminar — Populism and Liberal Democracy
September 5, 2019
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Takis Pappas – University Researcher, University of Helsinki
  • Chair Vivien A. Schmidt – Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University; CES Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University and Bart Bonikowski – Associate Professor of Sociology, CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
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