National Populism and the European Parliament Elections
23 May @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
In recent times, national populism has been on the march in much of the Western world. 2016 was a year of political earthquakes, with the UK voting to leave the European Union and Donald Trump being elected as the 45th President of the United States. In 2017, the National Front’s Marine Le Pen won over one-third of the vote in the final run-off of the French Presidential Election. This was followed by the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) establishing itself as the largest opposition party in the German Federal Parliament, and the formation of coalition governments in Austria and Italy involving right-wing populist political parties.
The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an important and timely discussion on the social, political, cultural and economic drivers of national populism, and the impact these factors may have on the upcoming European Parliament Elections.
Professor Matthew Goodwin is a Professor of Politics at the University of Kent. Matthew holds a B.A. (First Class Hons), M.A. and PhD. He started his academic career working for a self-funded research institute at the University of Manchester. He was then awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Economic and Social Research Council. In 2010, he was appointed lecturer at the University of Nottingham, where he completed projects funded by the Leverhulme Trust, Nuffield Foundation, British Academy and others. He was also the recipient of an ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship and spent twelve months on a full-time secondment in a central government department. In 2015 he was appointed Professor of Politics at the University of Kent.
Dr. Rakib Ehsan is a Research Fellow in the Centre on Radicalisation & Terrorism. Rakib specialises in the socio-political behaviour and attitudes of British ethnic minorities, with a particular focus on the UK’s Bangladeshi and Pakistani ethnic groups. He holds a BA Politics & International Relations (First-Class Honours), MSc Democracy, Politics & Governance (Pass with Distinction), and a PhD in Political Science, all from Royal Holloway, University of London.
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