Populist Authoritarianism in Comparative and Historical Perspective

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 10:00am to 5:00pm

WT Young Library, WTYL UKAA Auditorium (1-62)
405 Hilltop Avenue, Lexington, KY 40506-0456

The global rise of populism with Brexit and the election of Donald Trump brought populism from the margins and the global south to the global north. Populists are in power not only in unconsolidated and fragile democracies in Latin America, but in Hungary, Poland, Greece, and the U.S. As the world region where populists got to power since the 1940s, Latin America offers lessons to activists, scholars, and politicians of how populists undermined democracy from within. Promising to give power back to the people, populists in power followed a playbook of concentration of power in the executive, war against the media, regulation of civil society, and the transformation of democratic adversaries into enemies. In nations as diverse as Venezuela, Hungary, Ecuador, and Bolivia populist displaced democracy and creted hybrid regimes. This symposium brings in speakers from the University of Chicago, The University of Texas, the University of Delaware and the New School for Social Research, as well as UK graduate students to present their research.

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