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Liberal democracy under stress: Populism, extremism and the mainstream

  • Date(s)
    30 January 2013
  • Time
    08.30- 10.00
  • Location
    Westminster
Liberal democracy under stress: Populism, extremism and the mainstream

Policy Network will hold a breakfast meeting focused on “Liberal democracy under stress: Populism, extremism and the mainstream”. The roundtable meeting will bring together a small number of experts from politics, thinktanks and academia to probe mainstream political responses to populism and extremism.

In the context of another decade of austerity and the detrimental legacy of the financial crisis, will mainstream parties respond effectively in a democracy facing stresses from cultural angst, political scepticism, and economic anxiety? Or will populism and extremism increasingly gain traction?

The meeting will be opened by Anthony Painter, associate researcher at Policy Network, who will present the interim conclusions of the Policy Network/Barrow Cadbury Trust project on “Populism, Extremism and the Mainstream”. The report will set-out recommendations on how the antagonistic and corrosive aspects of identity politics can be resisted and defeated – and where mainstream politics have failed to date.

This event is part of Policy Network's work on Liberal democracy under stress.

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