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In his keynote address to the IIEA, Dr Cas Mudde argued that politics in the early 21st century can be described in terms of a struggle between a declining political status quo and a resurgent populism. From the 2009 European elections, through to the 2012 French and Greek elections, Brexit and the election of President Trump in 2016, to the latest developments in Italy, it seems that populist movements are conquering ‘the West’. Within this context, he considered how strong the populists are and what their real power is in Brussels and beyond.


About the Speaker:

Dr Mudde is Associate Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. He is a leading scholar in the field of political extremism and the rise of populism. His distinguished body of work includes a number of acclaimed books including: The Far Right in America published by Routledge, Populism: A Very Short Introduction published by Oxford University Press and SYRIZA: The Failure of the Populist Promise published by Palgrave Macmillan. He has held numerous lecturing posts across Europe and the United States. He is a regular media contributor and he writes a weekly column for the Guardian. He received his MA and PhD at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.