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Dealing with Populists in Government

  • Date(s)
    16 July 2015
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    Policy Network, 11 Tufton Street SW1P 3QB
Dealing with Populists in Government

Populist actors continue to play a role in shaping electoral outcomes, winning power as we have seen in Greece with Syriza or in Hungary with Fidesz, or supporting coalition governments as witnessed in countries such as Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, and Austria. Having a framework for looking at different responses to populists in government has become ever more important.

At this roundtable discussion, Paul Taggart and Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser will present the findings of a new comparative project of populists in power, drawing on case studies from Austria, Ecuador, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Venezuela. They will present the comparative conclusions from the case studies and a framework for looking at the variety of responses to populist forces in government.

Key questions:
-    What are the common trends for populists in power across the different countries?
-    What strategies can mainstream parties pursue to counter populists?
-    To what extent should mainstream actors be focused on alleviating the demand for populist actors?


Paul Taggart, professor, University of Sussex (@PaulAdamTaggart)

Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, associate professor, University Diego Portales, Chile


Erin Marie Saltman, senior researcher, Institute for Strategic Dialogue (@ErinSaltman)

Tim Bale, professor, Queen Mary University of London (@ProfTimBale)


Claudia Chwalisz, researcher, Policy Network and author of The Populist Signal (@ClaudiaChwalisz)


This work is funded by the British Academy. The forthcoming publication will appear in the journal Democratization.


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