What are the origins, manifestations and consequences of populism? Populist parties and leaders are surging across the world, in both developed and developing democracies, and yet not enough attention has been paid to the diverse origins and expressions of populism. Why does it take such different forms? What are the common factors that underly populist movements across time and space? When does it arise, and is there a conjuncture or a sequence of events that brings it about? This round table brings together experts working on aspects of populism in a variety of regional and historical settings, including Europe, Russia, and the Middle East. The panel will distinguish the different “populisms” across time and space, explore the theoretical distinctions that differentiate populism from other authoritarian or radical movements, and trace the interaction of populism with religious ideology, economic inequality, and social structures such as identity and class. Finally, the round table will discuss the consequences of populism for liberal democracy and its institutions.
Anna M. Grzymala-Busse, Stanford University (Chair)
Sheri Berman, Barnard College, Columbia University (Presenter)
Melani Cammett, Harvard University (Presenter)
Julia Lynch, University of Pennsylvania (Presenter)
Pauline Jones Luong, of Michigan (Presenter)
Kathleen R. McNamara, Georgetown University (Presenter)
Kathryn E. Stoner, Stanford University (Presenter)