july, 2019

201911jul2:00 pm6:00 pmTHE CHALLENGE OF POPULISM TO REPRESENTATIVE AND FEDERAL DEMOCRACY2:00 pm - 6:00 pm University House (Liverpool Street), 109 Middlesex Street, London E1 7JF Event Organized By: Global Policy Institute, Federal Trust & Max Weber Studies


Event Details

This Global Policy Institute seminar is hosted by Coventry University London and  sponsored by Max Weber Studies and the Federal Trust. It will be held at University House, 109 Middlesex Street E1 7JF on Thursday 11 July, 14.00-18.00. Registration from 13.30.

The Global Policy Institute in its latest ‘Overview’ ( places the rise of populism within the context of the breakdown of globalisation and a regression from the international liberal order. Globalisation seemed to offer citizens greater prosperity as the world was more closely integrated. The great financial crash marked the ending of this phase and saw the loss of political legitimacy of core institutions. In addition, the profound economic injustice of the financial rescue measures has driven populism, neo-nationalism, plebiscitary leaders and intolerance of immigrants. Borderless borders are now ‘bordered’. Policy injustice has triggered arbitrary injustice of selective citizen disenfranchisement. Victimization has cascaded down the social ladder.

By this analysis the rise of populism should come as no surprise. Representative democracy has not defended citizen security. Populism, however, requires further critical scrutiny. We have well-worked sociological theories of nationalism, but what of neo-nationalism? The same can be said of plebiscitary leadership, but should not this concept be applied to both prime-ministerial government and populism? Are ‘strong’ leaders capable of delivering policies? Party politics has long since used propaganda, why is social media any different? What are the chances of other forms of direct democracy which offer an alternative to the centralization of political power?


Please register by email to, or ring the Global Policy Institute on 024 7765 1101.


First session 2.00-4.00

Professor Ralph Schroeder, Oxford Internet Institute
Populism and the role of digital media

Dr Marzia Maccaferri, Goldsmiths College
Populism and the tradition of direct democracy in Italy

Professor Alan Scott, University of New England, New South Wales
Populism and neo-nationalism in Austria and the UK

Tea and Coffee

Second Session: 4.15- 6.00

Professor Sam Whimster, Max Weber Studies
Tendencies in plebiscitary leadership and the undermining of representative democracy

Dr Michael Lloyd, Global Policy Institute
Federal democracy as the alternative to populism

6.00 Drinks reception


(Thursday) 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm


University House (Liverpool Street)

109 Middlesex Street, London E1 7JF


Global Policy Institute, Federal Trust & Max Weber Studies