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Populism and Democracy in the time of COVID-19

Hosted by the School of Public Policy and the Institute of Global Affairs

ONLINE PUBLIC EVENT

Speakers

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

Senior Fellow, SNF Agora Institute & Associate Professor of the Practice, Johns Hopkins University

Professor Luis Garicano

Professor Luis Garicano

Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Spain and Vice President of Renew Europe

Mehmet Şimşek

Mehmet Şimşek

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey

Chair

Professor Andrés Velasco

Professor Andrés Velasco

Dean of the LSE School of Public Policy

Populist governments of the right and left (including in the United States, Mexico and Brazil) have some of the worst track records in dealing with COVID-19. At the same time, the virus has unleashed what The Economist called a “pandemic of power grabs”, as would-be autocrats take advantage of the emergency to limit rights and grant themselves enhanced powers. The attack by authoritarian populists against the institution of liberal democracy has become even more formidable, while autocrats who manipulate or hide death counts remind the world why democracy and press freedom are so important – and why they remain crucial to guarantee government responsiveness in hard times like these. Will democracy or autocracy emerge the winner from the pandemic?

Anne Applebaum (@anneapplebaum) is a staff writer for The Atlantic and a Pulitzer-prize winning historian. She is also an SNF Agora senior fellow and associate professor of the practice at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where she co-directs LSE Arena, a program on disinformation and 21st century propaganda.

Luis Garicano (@lugaricano) is a Member of the European Parliament, leader of Ciudadanos in Europe, and Vice President for Economic Affairs of Renew Europe. He is also a Professor of Strategy at IE Business School (currently on leave). Before entering elective politics, he was a Professor of Strategy and Economics at the London School of Economics, and previously a Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, focusing on the relationship between technology, inequality, the organization of work, and economic growth.

Mehmet Şimşek (@memetsimsek) served as the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Financial Affairs of Turkey during 2015-2018. He previously served as the Minister of Finance (2009-15), and as the Minister of Economy (2007-09). He was elected to the Parliament for three terms (2007, 2011, 2015) representing the ruling AK Party.

Andrés Velasco (@AndresVelasco) is Dean of the LSE School of Public Policy.

Karina Rodriguez is the Student Leader for this thematic session. She is currently completing her Masters in Public Administration at LSE.

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This event is part of the Maryam Forum Launch: "From Rulership to Leadership: Early Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic".

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The Maryam Forum is a new multi-year platform aiming to encourage the shift towards evidence-informed, transparent, accountable and inclusive leadership. Introduced on the global stage in Davos during the World Economic Forum (WEF) in January 2020, Maryam Forum is a collaboration between policy makers, academics, business leaders and media that engages the LSE across departments and disciplines. Together with our students – the leaders of tomorrow – we will convene Maryam Co-Labs, leading up to our first annual Global Conference in December. From climate change, health crises and other global emergencies, to industrial policy, populism and migration, these year-round working groups will tackle the most urgent challenges of our time - providing opportunities to exchange expertise and shape solutions, and unlocking the potential for inclusive and sustainable leadership across all regions of the world.

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