Venue: Fogg Lecture Theatre, Mile End Campus
Policy Network, in partnership with the Barrow Cadbury Trust and Queen Mary, University of London, cordially invite you to a public debate on how mainstream parties should respond to the rise of populism and extremism.
Sara Llewellin, chief executive, Barrow Cadbury Trust
Anthony Painter, associate researcher and project leader for the Policy Network / Barrow Cadbury Trust project on “Populism, extremism and the mainstream”
Tim Bale, professor and chair in politics, School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London
Gavin Barwell, Conservative MP for Croydon Central
David Aaronovitch, author, columnist at The Times and broadcaster
Rupa Huq, senior lecturer in sociology, Kingston University and author of On the Edge: The contested cultures of English suburbia (chair)
The most successful new family of parties in Europe over the last quarter of a century has been the populist radical right. In country after country, new right wing populist parties have established themselves as significant players for office, power, and public voice.
This phenomenon, the populist right as a challenger brand within and to liberal democracy, says something very significant about the state of modern democracy – and requires a robust response from the political mainstream.
This public lecture will mark the launch of a significant new Policy Network/Barrow Cadbury Trust report entitled “Democratic stress, the populist signal and extremist threat”. The report, based on a cross-comparative European research project, sets out a strategic evaluation of how the antagonistic and corrosive aspects of identity politics can be resisted and defeated – and identifies where mainstream politics has failed.
The panel will consider and debate the following questions: