Anti-System Politics: the crisis of market liberalism in rich democracies

Hosted by Department of Government and European Institute

Online public event


Jonathan Hopkin

Jonathan Hopkin

Professor of Comparative Politics


Waltraud Schelkle

Waltraud Schelkle

Professor in Political Economy

Recent elections in the advanced western democracies have undermined the basic foundations of political systems that had previously beaten back all challenges-from both the left and the right. The election of Donald Trump to the US Presidency, only months after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, signalled a dramatic shift in the politics of the rich democracies.

In this online lecture, Jonathan Hopkin will trace the evolution of this shift and argues that it is a long-term result of abandoning the post-war model of egalitarian capitalism in the 1970s. Using a comparative approach, he will explain why different kinds of anti-system politics emerge in different countries and how political and economic factors impact the degree of electoral instability that emerges. 

Jonathan Hopkin (@jrhopkin) is Professor of Comparative Politics in the Department of Government and European Institute at LSE. 

Waltraud Schelkle is Professor in Political Economy in the European Institute at LSE. 

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