Keynote Debate on Nationalism & Illiberal Populism

Keynote Debate on Nationalism & Illiberal Populism
29 May, 2020

Keynote Debate on Nationalism & Illiberal Populism

DATE: 17th of June 2020

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (CEST)


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How to tackle the new wave of nationalism & illiberal populism

The coronavirus pandemic has seen an increased role for experts and evidence in public discourse, as well as the persistence of conspiracy theories and ‘fake news’ regarding the origins, consequences and potential solutions for the virus. Meanwhile, fundamental freedoms including the right to travel, work and associate have been undermined by emergency measures, and the potential use of technology for contact tracing raises questions about state overreach. Indeed, some populists have used this period to strengthen their hold on power and their control over the citizenry, and this session will also explore the current state of populist politics in Europe since the onset of the pandemic.


the struggle for liberal democracy

Rebalancing the responsibilities between the state and society with the aim of empowering civil society, promoting social cohesion and innovating the democratic system

The Speakers

Professor of Political Science at the Bocconi University and a Research Associate at the Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy
Author and Professor of Politics at Rutherford College, University of Kent
Deputy Director of the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute and Assistant Professor at the University of Gothenburg
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