How to Fight against Populism

IIEA22nd May 20191min
Drawing on his distinguished body of work, Professor Jan-Werner Müller provides his views on how modern democracies can combat the growing trend of populism.



It has become conventional wisdom that we are facing a populist wave that is somehow threatening democracy. But what exactly is populism and in what sense, if any, does it pose a danger to democracy? In this keynote address, jointly hosted by the IIEA and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) UK & Ireland Office, Professor Müller offers an account of populism, ask what happens when populists come to power, and also how populists might be resisted without simply affirming the political and economic status quo.

About the Speaker:

Jan-Werner Müller has been teaching in the Politics Department at Princeton University since 2005. He was previously a Fellow in Modern European Thought at the European Studies Centre, St. Antony’s College and a Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. He is widely regarded as the leading scholar on populism. His 2016 book, What is Populism?, described as “essential reading” by Minister Paschal Donohoe, has been translated into sixteen languages.