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Conference: "Trump’s Populism: Lessons from Latin America and Europe"

Hosted by Kurt Weyland and Raul Madrid

Fri, September 22, 2017 | BAT 5.108

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Last November, populist candidate Donald Trump unexpectedly won the U.S. presidency. Not since Andrew Jackson has the U.S. had a populist leader as chief executive. Therefore, observers were at a loss what to expect: How would Donald Trump govern, and with what consequences? Would the new president manage to maintain or further boost his support with his polarizing, confrontational strategy or would the difficulty of fulfilling his “wild” campaign promises soon leave him ever more isolated and vulnerable? How can the opposition effectively respond to him? Last but not least, will Trump’s populism be contained by the checks and balances system, or will it damage democracy in the U.S.?

Given the U.S.’s fortunate inexperience with populism in government, country specialists have difficulty answering these questions. But many other nations, especially in Europe and Latin America, have had ample and long-standing experiences with populism.

This conference examines what lessons one can derive from populist movements and governments in foreign countries, such as those headed by Silvio Berlusconi, Hugo Chávez, Victor Orbán, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Marine Le Pen or Carlos Menem. Can these experiences with populism help us understand the contours and likely repercussions of the Trump administration?

View the schedule and list of panelists at Trump’s Populism.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Paloma Diaz. To RSVP and receive event updates via Facebook, visit Populism Conference.


Co-sponsored by LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, the Center for European Studies, and the College of Liberal Arts.

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