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Thursday 02 March 2017 12:00 - 13:30
  • ELG
  • EPS
lunch lecture

Varieties of capitalism, varieties of populism?
Economic institutions and political revolt in Europe


How can we explain that, in response to prolonged periods of economic stagnation, European peoples react differently to the same austerity policies? This question is central to this lecture by Jonathan Hopkin.

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The financial crisis and long period of stagnation since have given a boost to populist and other anti-system parties in the advanced democracies. Economic voting studies, studies of austerity and depression and globalization theorists all seem to be unable to correctly predict the form anti-system politics takes in different European countries post-financial crisis.

This lecture maps out the different kinds of anti-system politics that has emerged in different advanced capitalist states, and assesses potential explanations for these differences. Hopkin will identify four main types of anti-system movement, and relate them to differences in welfare regime, financial institutions, electoral systems and ideological traditions.

About the speaker

Jonathan Hopkin is associate professor of Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics. His research interests include politics of inequality, redistribution and welfare, populism and post-truth politics, and the politics of Britain, Italy and Spain. View his personal profile


Please register as lunch will be ordered for this event!


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