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.