SoSe 19: Challenging Liberalism and Multilateralism: The Attraction of Populism
Populism can be read very differently. Like as a good thing: What is bad about movements, parties and individuals that listen carefully to what people want? But then, populism can be decoded as a ... read more
Populism can be read very differently. Like as a good thing: What is bad about movements, parties and individuals that listen carefully to what people want? But then, populism can be decoded as a problem. As a strategy to disguise the complexities of problems, and as a suggestion that the intricacies of global structures and policies can be overcome by easy and quick solutions.
The latter interpretation is gaining currency. In the last two years, populist movements, no matter if dressed in 'right' or 'left' frames, have gained momentum. Populists are running a couple of EU countries (Hungary, Italy, Poland, Malta). The last U.S. presidential elections were decided by populist strategies, calculations and sentiments, as was the British Brexit campaign. A referendum in the Netherlands about Ukraine’s EU association (June 2016) and elections in Austria (2017), were valuable case studies for analyzing populism.
This seminar will a) try to find a workable definition of populism; b) compare different brands of populism; c) focus on the demand side of populism, analyze the public behavior of populist activists, d) look at domestic/ external links, and e) ask if (and how) we can navigate complexities without taking refuge to populism (or maybe not?).
This seminar uses the E-learning platform Blackboard. Please register
under: http://lms.fu-berlin.de. The password will be announced during the first session. Additionally, please register under http://www.oei.fu-berlin.de/politik/anmeldungsformular/index.html as well. close