Thursday, October 18, 2018

Reception and Discussion: Populism and the Erosion of Democracy

Please join the Chicago Center on Democracy for our inaugural event, a reception and discussion with Stanford political scientist Anna Grzymala-Busse on the topic of Populism and the Erosion of Democracy.

Populist parties and politicians are surging in both developed and new democracies, prompting popular anxiety and scholarly concern. The rise of these populist movements is chiefly due to the failures of mainstream political parties to articulate and respond to popular concerns about immigration, changing labor markets, and perceived cultural threats. This discussion will focus on how populists have benefited from the shortcomings of mainstream parties, how they gained power in several countries, and the consequences of their governance for the formal and informal institutions of liberal democracy.

Anna Grzymala-Busse is the Michelle and Kevin Douglas Professor of International Studies at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Location: Social Sciences Tea Room: 1126 E. 59th Street, Room 201
Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm CDT