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Labour Party Conference | The rise of right-wing populism: Is the working class deserting the Left across Europe?

  • Date(s)
    2 October 2012
  • Time
    08.00 - 09.30
  • Location
    Manchester Town Hall, Committee Room 2
Labour Party Conference | The rise of right-wing populism: Is the working class deserting the Left across Europe?

Identity politics in Europe has moved from race and immigration to culture, Euro-scepticism and nation. The response of mainstream politics – with particular reference to social democratic parties and movements - has been weak: they have, in many cases, been unable to coherently respond to the politics of culture and identity for any period of time, allowing other political forces to step into a perceived political vacuum.

This fringe event will ask: What are the conditions – political, constitutional, cultural or economic - in which populism/extremism is able to thrive? Is the working class deserting the Left across Europe? Is there a politics of cultural identity or is it just a manifestation of the politics of class?

And where are there good examples of campaigns, political strategies and policy responses at a community and national level which have successfully neutralised antagonistic political forces?

Confirmed speakers:
Natascha Engel, MP for North East Derbyshire
Owen Jones, author of Chavs: The Demonization of the working class
Anthony Painter, project leader, "populism, extremism and the mainstream"
Ruth Smeeth
, deputy director, HOPE not hate
Hans Anker
, pollster and strategist, The Netherlands
Patrick Diamond, senior research fellow at Policy Network (chair)

This event is co-hosted by the Barrow Cadbury Trust.

Image: Sergio Uceda 2012

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