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?