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You are invited to Reclaiming Populism

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Around the world, as western liberalism is in retreat and populist movements gain traction, political revolts are shaking the core of institutions. 

But what do these recent political upheavals, like Trump or the Brexit vote have in common?

In their new book, Reclaiming Populism, Eric Protzer and Paul Summerville argue this comes down to a sense of economic fairness. And in particular, that the economy voters contribute to, is no longer delivering for them or the place they call home.  As Onward found in the run up to the UK’s 2019 General Election, two-thirds of people believe that “globalisation has not benefited most people” and three-fifths say that “on the whole, jobs and wages have been made worse by technological change”.  

Join us for a panel event with Eric ProtzerPaul SummervilleNick Timothy, Former Downing Street Chief of Staff, and Paula Surridge, Co-Author of the British Election Study and Deputy Director of UK in a Changing Europe, to discuss the relationship between economic opportunity and political volatility and what this means for future policy.


Date: Tuesday, 16th November
Time: 9.00am – 10.00am. Doors open from 08.45am. Tea and coffee will be served.

Attendance information: This event will be held both online and with limited in person spaces.

Please follow this link to register for the event online or reply to this email if you would like to attend in-person.

Reclaiming Populism: How economic fairness can win back disenchanted voters

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Populist upheavals like Trump, Brexit, and the Gilets Jaunes happen when the system really is rigged. Citizens the world over are angry not due to income inequality or immigration, but economic unfairness: that opportunity is not equal and reward is not according to contribution.

This forensic book draws on original research, cited by the UN and IMF, to demonstrate that illiberal populism strikes hardest when success is influenced by family origins rather than talent and effort. Protzer and Summerville propose a framework of policy inputs that instead support high social mobility, and apply it to diagnose the differing reasons behind economic unfairness in the US, UK, Italy, and France. By striving for a fair, socially-mobile economy, they argue, it is possible to craft a politics that reclaims the reasonable grievances behind populism. Reclaiming Populism is a must-read for policymakers, scholars, an citizens who want to bring disenchanted populist voters back into the fold of liberal democracy.

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