Clifford Young | Autocracy Rising: The Global Challenge of Populism

Clifford Young
Date & Time Apr 22 2024 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location Robertson Hall
Bowl 016
Clifford Young
Discussant: Jan-Werner Müller
Audience Open to the Public

This year there are more than 70 national elections scheduled to take place around the world, including roughly 40 for the executive branch. As this abnormally high number of elections takes place, new public opinion research finds broad-based support for candidates that could usher in a renewed cohort of populist, anti-establishment governments–and potentially, a broader backsliding of democratic norms across the globe. 

In many ways, this trend is fundamentally driven by economic and social disillusionment and an ongoing collapse of faith in government and the existing economic system. To shed light on what’s happening, Clifford Young, president of IPSOS U.S. Public Affairs, will present new results from a survey that has measured the evolution of populist sentiment across 28 countries since 2016.




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