Trump-Putin-Berlusconi-Orbán- Kaczyński-Farage: A populist cocktail

How do we explain the rise of populism in Europe and the US? What has led to this point? Where do we go from here? What will happen next? These are questions we considered  at this event.

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Wednesday, October 19, 3:00 pm.
World Forum, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania.

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Panel Participants:

Joe Schwartz  is Professor of Political Science at Temple University. Schwartz chaired the department from 2000-2005. He teaches courses in the history of political thought; contemporary democratic theory; American political development; race and American politics; and the radical tradition (and its critics) in theory and practice. Schwartz’s teaching and published work focuses on the complex interaction among morality, ideology, and political and institutional development. He believes that political theory should not speak a ghettoized, jargon-laden “private language;” rather, it should inform public intellectual and political deliberation. He is currently working on a book on American exceptionalism, which argues that the development of the American socialist movement was hampered by it being one of the few not to be associated with a form of democratic patriotism. He has received numerous external fellowships to support his research, including a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship for university teachers to support the writing of The Future of Democratic Equality.

Mitchell Orenstein is a scholar of international politics focusing on the political economy of transition in Central and Eastern Europe, pension privatization worldwide, and the role of policy paradigms in economic reform.  His research lies at the intersection of comparative politics, international political economy, and global public policy, employing a problem-driven research approach based on asking big, policy-relevant questions and answering them through carefully designed, in-depth field research. His book Roma in an Expanding Europe: Breaking the Poverty Cycle, co-authored with Dena Ringold and Erika Wilkens, is a seminal study of Roma poverty, sociology, and public health.  It won the Voter’s Choice Award for the most innovative analytical and advisory activity and the World Bank Europe/Central Asia Knowledge Fair in 2004. Orenstein’s teaching encompasses the fields of comparative politics, European studies, and international political economy.  He teaches an elective course on Europe and its Eastern Neighborhood at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, which analyzes the geopolitical competition between the European Union and Russia over the political and economic futures of the countries in between.

Dr. Julia Lynch is a Co-Director of PTESC and an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught since 2001. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in government from Harvard University.  Her research concerns the politics of inequality, social policy, and the economy in comparative perspective, with a focus on the countries of Western Europe and the United States. Professor Lynch is also active in the profession more broadly, serving on the Executive Committee of the Council for European Studies as well as on the editorial boards of Comparative Political Studies, Journal of European Social Policy, and Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.  She is currently working on a book on the politics of health inequalities in Europe, under contract with Cambridge University Press, responses to inequalities in income, education and health care among elites and mass publics in the U.S.,and public attitudes towards stratification in access to health care services in the U.S. Previously, she was moderator of our Brexit panel.

Dan Kelemen is Professor of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Politics at Rutgers University. Kelemen’s research interests include the politics of the European Union, law and politics, comparative political economy, and comparative public policy. His most recent book, Eurolegalism: The Transformation of Law and Regulation in the European Union (Harvard University Press, 2011), won the Best Book Award from the European Union Studies Association. Kelemen previously served as the Director of the Center for European Studies at Rutgers University. Prior to Rutgers, Kelemen was Fellow in Politics, Lincoln College, University of Oxford. He has been a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, visiting fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University, a Fulbright Fellow in European Union Studies at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels and a visiting fellow at the Center of International Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He was educated at Berkeley (A.B. in Sociology) and Stanford (M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science).

Dr. Julia Gray  is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in international relations with a focus on international political economy. Her work in international political economy and international organization has appeared or is forthcoming in theAmerican Journal of Political ScienceInternational Studies QuarterlyComparative Political Studies, the European Journal of Political Research, and the Review of International Organizations.  Her book The Company You Keep: International Organization and Sovereign Risk in Emerging Markets is currently under contract at Cambridge University Press. She was previously a participant at our Brexit event.