CANCELLED | Report launch + reception: Right-Wing Populism And What To Do About It

CANCELLED | Report launch + reception: Right-Wing Populism And What To Do About It

Due to industrial action by UCU, this event has been postponed. We hope to reschedule it for Spring 2023. Please click here for more information.

We are delighted to host an event with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung on their new report, Understanding Right-Wing Populism And What To Do About It, with the reports’ authors, Daphne Halikiopoulou and Tim Vlandas, with discussants Diane Bolet, and Sofia Vasilopoulou, with Elliott Green chairing.

The event will take place in the Old Theatre at the London School of Economics, followed by a reception in the Senior Common Room. If you can’t make it in person, we will also be live streaming on Facebook and YouTube.

There is no charge for the event, although it is ticketed.

About the report

The report presents a combination of empirical and qualitative analysis of right-wing populist parties (RWPPs) in 17 European countries.

In order to better understand the success of European right-wing populist parties (RWPPs) the report looks at the Three Ps:

  • The First P: People: Why do individual people vote for RWPPs? (Demand)
  • The Second P: Parties: What makes certain RWP parties more successful than others? (Supply)
  • The Third P: Policies: What is the role of social policies in facilitating and/or moderating RWPP success?

The report can be downloaded for free from the FES.

About the speakers

Professor Daphne Halikiopoulou is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Reading. She has written extensively on nationalism and the cultural and economic determinants of far-right party support. Her research appears in the European Journal of Political Research, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Government and Opposition, European Political Science Review, and Nations and Nationalism among others. From 2023, she will be Chair of Comparative Politics at the University of York.

She is joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Nations and Nationalism (with John Breuilly, John Hutchinson and Eric Kaufmann) and co-editor (with Daniel Stockemer) of the Springer book series in Electoral Politics.

Find out more about Daphne at the University of Reading or follow her on Twitter.

Dr Tim Vlandas is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Policy and Fellow in St Antony’s College, both at the University of Oxford. He holds a PhD in Political Economy from the London School of Economics. His main area of expertise is comparative political economy, with a particular interest in the relationship between electoral politics, public policies and socio-economic outcomes. His research has been published in over 25 academic journals and has received awards from the American Political Science Association and the European Network for Social Policy Analysis. He has recently co-authored a book entitled “Foreign States in Domestic Markets: Sovereign Wealth Funds and the West”, published by Oxford University Press. His research has been cited by the UK House of Commons, World Bank, International Labour Organisation, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, European Commission, and the United Nations.

Find out more about Tim on his website or follow him on Twitter.

Dr Diane Bolet is a political scientist and comparativist, specialised in voting behaviour, public opinion and far-right politics in Europe and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Zürich.

She holds a PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) looking at how local context shapes voting preferences for the radical right in European countries. Her thesis won an honourable mention for the Ernst B. Haas Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation on European Politics from the European Politics and Society section of APSA. She previously earned a distinction Dual MSc degree in European Politics from Sciences Po, Paris and LSE and a Higher Distinction BA in International Politics from King’s College, London.

Find out more about Diane on her website or follow her on Twitter.

Professor Sofia Vasilopoulou is Professor of European Politics at King’s College, London. Her work examines the causes and consequences of political dissatisfaction among the public and the ways in which this is channelled through party strategies and party competition. Specific themes include Euroscepticism and far right politics. Her research and teaching interests lie in Comparative Politics, Political Behaviour, Party Politics and European Union Politics.

She is Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Political Research and an Honorary Professor at the University of York, where she worked from 2011 to 2022.

Find out more about Sofia on her website or follow her on Twitter.

Dr Elliott Green is Associate Professor of Development Studies in the Department of International Development at the LSE, where he is also director of the PhD programme. His main research areas are ethnic politics and national identity in Africa; patronage, clientelism and African development; and the political demography of modern Africa. He has conducted fieldwork in Uganda, Tanzania and Botswana, and for several years taught a course entitled ‘Poverty and Development’ at the annual LSE-University of Cape Town Summer School. Outside academia he has briefed the British High Commissioner to Uganda twice (in 2008 and 2010) and regularly writes blog entries for a variety of websites.

Find out more about Elliott at the LSE or follow him on Twitter.