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Upcoming Conference Explores Populist Movements and Western Democracies

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Explaining the Emergence of Populist Movements and Their Impact on Western Democracies

Italian Studies ConferenceThe results of the recent American elections, which offered some revealing new electorate interests, are not a shocker in the political landscape of Western democracies. Rising support for populist movements during the past 25 years has disrupted the politics of the old political order of many Western societies. Many intellectuals and news outlets have found it difficult to explain the phenomenon because they focus on how it affects the political and institutional establishment from a defensive position. Impartially, this Conference will identify the factors that shape the development of populist movements and broaden the understanding of their effect on Western democracies.

The Center for Italian Studies will present this conference on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 9 am to 5 pm at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics. It is free and open to the public, except for optional lunch in the Simons Cafe for $25 per person. Please call (631) 632-7444 if you want to attend the luncheon or for more information about the conference.

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