Discussion panel: The springs of populism in Europe: a crisis of democracy?
Counterpoint partners with the UCL European Institute for the discussion panel ‘The springs of populism in Europe: a crisis of democracy?’
The event will take place on the 10th of May from 12:30 to 14:30 at the Christopher Ingold Ramsay Lecture Theatre (G21), Christopher Ingold Building, University College London, 20 Gordon St, London. There will be refreshments from 12.30 and the discussion will start at 13.00.
The speakers will include:
Michel Wieviorka, Director of the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’ Homme and Director of CADIS/EHESS from 1993 to 2009. He is the author of the Counterpoint pamphlet Le Front National (FN), entre extrémisme, populisme et démocratie
Othon Anastasakis, Director of South East European Studies at Oxford and Director of the European Studies Centre
Peter Kellner, journalist, political commentator and President of YouGov
Philippe Marlière, Professor of French and European politics, University College London
Catherine Fieschi, Director of Counterpoint
One year before the European Parliament elections and European democracies are in turmoil. Political scandals, economic instability, and a perception of a ‘democratic deficit’ among European institutions are fuelling a crisis of democracy. Amid this instability, populist parties are performing well – from emerging neo-fascists like Golden Dawn in Greece to more established populist forces such as France’s Front National.
In this panel discussion, the speakers will explore how these populist movements constitute a lens for understanding the current political challenges facing Europe’s leaders. They will look at the specific social and cultural factors that have led to the success of populism – with a particular focus on France and Greece in perspective to the UK – and will discuss what deeper institutional problems the movements point to.