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The Rise of Populism: Case Studies, Determinants and Policy Implications

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Economic Policy

Annual CEPS-Intereconomics conference

New political parties and peoples’ movements have been on the rise in Europe and worldwide for over a decade. While populism is not a new phenomenon, the various crises that Europe has experienced in the last decade – the great recession, fiscal adjustments, increasing migration, cultural backlashes and the rise of nationalism – have made major waves in the form of the development of new political movements, in particular populist and Eurosceptic parties.

How are changes in the political landscape, particularly the rise of populist sentiment, playing out across Europe? Are there common economic determinants of the developments among individual European countries or regions? What are the economic consequences of the populist wave in Europe? Has this sentiment run its course? Will the centre and traditional parties be revived? What role, if any, has the EU played in the rise of populism and what does it mean for the future of the European Union?

To understand these developments, we compare and contrast the developing situations in a number of European countries and regions. How are these new movements shaping the politics and economies? And what effects are they having, in turn, on the EU as a whole?

We consider the economic root causes of these movements and how they are reshaping the political landscape in the context of European debt, globalisation, migration and cultural issues and examine the impact the crises have had on voters. We also dig into policy failures and the role they have  played in the rise of eurosceptiscism. As the nature of the Transatlantic relationship is called into question, does Europe need to rethink its role in the world? How will it move forward in the face of the changing political landscape and how can it learn from the mistakes of the past to build a more solid future?

Sir Paul Collier, Oxford University, and Marcel Fratzscher, German Institute of Economic Research, will give the conference keynotes and provide their insight and opinions followed by panel discussions featuring Heather Grabbe, Mario Pianta, Daphne Halikiopoulou, László Andor, Thiemo Fetzer, Evgenia Passari, Karl Aiginger and Steven Blockmans.


Registration and coffee from 09.00 – Meeting from 09.30 to 17.30


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Below is our list of speakers and discussants.

Mikkel Barslund Mikkel Barslund

Mikkel Barslund

Research Fellow and Head of Ageing Societies Programme

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Sir Paul Collier

Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Oxford University, Oxford, UK

Lazslo Andor

Secretary General, Foundation For European Progressive Studies

Steven Blockmans

Senior Research Fellow, CEPS

Daphne Halikiopoulou

Associate Professor, University of Reading, United Kingdom

Evgenia Passari

Assistant Professor, Université Paris Daupine, Paris, France


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Economic Policy

The Rise of Populism: Case Studies, Determinants and Policy Implications

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1 Place du Congrès
1000 Brussel
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Day 1 - Thursday
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