Talk: The Rise of Populism: From Le Pen to Trump

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Cas Mudde, PhD, Associate Professor of International Affairs at the University of Georgia at Athens


Friday, June 22, 2018, 5pm


Landesmuseum Mainz, Große Bleiche 49-51, 55116 Mainz


This event will be held in English.

Event held in cooperation with

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Rheinland-Pfalz / Saarland, Regionalbüro Mainz

Target group:

A broader interested audience


Admission is free. The event is wheelchair accessible.


Your online registration is required to ensure adequate seating and keep you informed about any changes!


Populism was the buzz word of 2016. From Brexit to Trump, journalists and pundits agreed that populism is on the rise and is shaking up western democracies. But what is populism and why is it so successful now?

The origin for this phenomenon dates already back a few decades. All over Europe the political class seems to be shifting towards the extreme right and countries like Denmark, France, Hungary, Holland and Germany seem to increasingly become more adherent to populism tactics. The seeds for this turn, however, date back to politicians like Glistrup in Denmak, Marie Le Pen in France and similarly in other countries. The prime-minister of Hungary is living proof of the rise of the influence of the extreme right in European politics.

Cas Mudde will analyze the history and current developments of populism in western democracies, addressing both its causes and consequences.


Cas Mudde, PhD,

is Associate Professor of International Affairs at the University of Georgia at Athens. He is one of the leading experts on political extremism and populism in Europe and the United States.

Cas Mudde gained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at Leiden University, under the supervision of the late Peter Mair. Before moving to the US in 2008, to join his wife, he held tenure-track positions at Central European University (Hungary), the University of Edinburgh (UK), and the University of Antwerp (Belgium). Before coming to UGA in 2012, he held temporary positions at the University of Oregon, University of Notre Dame, and DePauw University. He is currently co-editor of the European Journal of Political Research and is a columnist for The Guardian and Hope not Hate.

Picture: (c) by Rio Gandara