Panel III: “The Trump Effect”

Panel III: “The Trump Effect”

14 June 2016 10:00-11:30

From Don­ald Trump in the USA to Le Pen and Wilders in Europe, vot­ers in estab­lished democ­ra­cies increas­ingly iden­tify with apo­lit­i­cal per­son­al­i­ties who express anti-establishment sen­ti­ments and favour reac­tionary poli­cies. Above all, they employ anti-immigrant rhetoric to appeal to working-class vot­ers who have been dis­pro­por­tion­ately affected by eco­nomic migra­tion and out­sourc­ing. As fledg­ling democ­ra­cies and devel­op­ing coun­tries look on, West­ern soci­eties seem to be floun­der­ing – gripped by pop­ulism, wracked by eco­nomic uncer­tainty and a cri­sis of polit­i­cal trust – yet they remain self-appointed moral arbiters, con­tin­u­ing to pro­mote their sys­tem of gov­er­nance through diplo­macy and con­di­tional aid.

In this panel, we ask:

  • What does the rise of charis­matic “non-politicians” tell us about the state of democ­racy?
  • Do glob­al­i­sa­tion and xeno­pho­bia go hand-in-hand?
  • Does West­ern democ­racy still serve as a “model” sys­tem?
  •  How can we restore pub­lic trust in pol­i­tics?