PSA Populism Specialist Group

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Keynote speakers:  Ruth Wodak, Emerita Professor of Discourse Studies,  Lancaster University Michael Freeden, Emeritus Professor of Politics,  University of Oxford   Call for Papers Populism has been a buzzword for quite a few years now. But after Brexit and Trump, and with the rise of new populist actors in Europe and beyond we have been witnessing an unprecedented inflation in the use of the term both in the public sphere and in… Read More

The Populism Specialist Group of the PSA invites paper proposals on the following themes:   Panel 1: Populism(s) in Opposition/Populism(s) in Power ‘Populism in power’ seems to be a rather counterintuitive notion to the extent that public wisdom as well as most academic research are premised on the idea that populism can only be effective in opposition. Indeed, populism is often understood as a political strategy or rhetorical style that may be… Read More

Defining ‘populism’: Concepts, contexts, genealogies   Keynote speaker: Dr. Benjamin Moffitt   Call for papers   Today populism seems to be, once more, firmly back in the agenda. An avalanche of recent events have shocked and scandalized our public spheres internationally, puzzling academics, journalists and citizens alike. The Italian and BREXIT referendums and, in a more pronounced way, the victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential elections constitute only the most recent… Read More