Against ‘The Elites’: The Rise of Right-Wing Populist Movements in Europe and Asia (70975)

Session Information: Politics, Public Policy, Law & Criminology
Session Chair: Sameer Kumar

Sunday, 28 May 2023 12:15
Session: Session 2
Room: Room 707
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

The term "populism," refers to a worldview that separates society into "us the people" and "the elites." Populists frequently portray themselves as the true representative of the populace. In recent years, populism has emerged in several European nations; in some, populists are in power, while in others they are part of the government, the main opposition, or established political parties. For instance, Syriza was in power in Greece until 2019 and is currently the second largest party in the Hellenic Parliament; Five Star is currently a part of the Italian government; and Marine Le Pen's National Rally in France, which fought hard in the most recent French elections, remains a dominant force there. Anti-establishment, anti-immigration, euroskepticism, pro-nationalism, nativism, and anti-globalization sentiments are among the many that frequently inspire or arouse populism. The same argument is used to oppose multilateralism and pluralism. Around the world, populism comes in a variety of flavours, with Europe experiencing one type and Asia another. The element of a "demagogue" who effectively uses the public's message to take on "the elites" is still present, though. Here, the author discusses the growth-expectations gap theory. Both the causes of populism's growth and its economic dynamics are explored.

Sameer Kumar, University of Malaya, Malaysia

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Sameer Kumar is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at University of Malaya in Malaysia

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00