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What we talk when we talk about populism

"Populism" has become the buzzword with which people describe current political developments in Europe, Latin America and the United States. Some analysts present it as the biggest challenge to democracy; others as the most democratic expression of people's will. Media use "populism" to describe far-right movements in Europe; scholars labelled as "populist" the left-wing governments of Latin America in the previous decade.

During this talk, we will briefly analyse the history of populist movements and try to see if we can have a useful definition of it. We will discuss contemporary politics and the opportunities and challenges that populist politics present for democracy and the daily life of ordinary people.

(in English)

Ernesto Semán, førsteamanuensis, Institutt for fremmedspråk

Sydneshaugen, Rom P, 11.15 - 12.00

Ernesto Semán