Trump, Brexit, and the rise of Populism: Economic have-nots and cultural backlash

Horizon’s Seminar Series

In this first Horizon’s seminar series Professor Pippa Norris, from Harvard University discusses how the rising support for populist parties has disrupted the politics of many Western societies. In this podcast she explains this phenomenon by examining two theories. 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 reaction against cultural changes that threaten the worldview of once-predominant sectors of the population.

15 March 2017


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