Populism and Democratic Backsliding in Europe



Anna Grzymala-Busse, Stanford University

Date and Time

February 6, 2020 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM


Open to the public.

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William J. Perry Conference Room
Encina Hall, Second Floor, Central, C231
616 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305
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Abstract: How does populism erode democracy, and where does it come from? Populist parties have surged in support, and several have entered governments in Europe. In some cases, this has meant the erosion of the rule of law and liberal democratic institutions, the undermining of informal democratic values, and the divisive politics of national identity and belonging. Ironically, the causes of the populist upsurge lie in the earlier economic and political successes, especially in the younger European democracies. 
Speaker's Biography: Anna Grzymala-Busse is Michelle and Kevin Douglas Professor of International Studies in the Department of Political Science  and a senior Fellow at the Freedom Spogli Institute at Stanford University, where she also directs the Europe Center.