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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