Actuality of Populism

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A conference in the framework of the RDV de la Recherche series.

Populism is widespread all over the world, in different forms: in some countries, it stays in a democratic framework, while in others it takes the shape of authoritarian regimes. Understanding their differences and evolutions needs a deep analysis of their roots, promises and achievements.

In this perspective, we invite outstanding researchers to exchange their expertise on this major political phenomenon.

17h-18h – The resistible rise of Populists in Europe

Conducting a comparative analysis of the roots of the rise of populist parties in Europe, this discussion will raise fundamental issues: What are these parties offering? What political agendas do they follow ? What role do new communication technologies play in their strategies ? How to analyse the demand and the expectations of the voters who favor these anti-system parties?


  • Catherine E. De Vries, Professor of Political Science, Department of Social and Political Sciences, Bocconi University
  • Sergei Guriev, Full Professor, Department of Economics, Sciences Po ; Research Fellow,  Centre for Economic Policy Research.

Moderator : Yann Algan, Full Professor, Department of Economics, Dean of Sciences Po’s School of Public Affairs.

18h-19h: Populist regimes or authoritarian ones?


  • Christophe Jaffrelot, Senior researcher, CNRS-CERI, Sciences Po; President of the French Political Science Association
  • Nadia Urbinati, Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Professor of Political Theory, Columbia University; member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation Reset Dialogues on Civilization

Moderator : Marc Lazar, Full Professor, Director of the Center for History, Sciences Po.

This discussion will propose a theoretical reflection on the differences between populist experiences, populist regimes, and authoritarian regimes. A focus will be put on Modi’s experience to analyse the “border” between his populism and authoritarianism.

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Thursday 22 April 2021 17h00 à 19h00
Organized bySciences Po Research

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