Mar 1, 2021
Political Geographies of the Populist Right
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Support for populist right-wing parties and candidates has increased considerably across the globe in recent years. In addition to this overall rise in support, receptiveness towards the exclusionary, reactionary rhetoric and policies of Bolsonaro, Trump, Modi or their European counterparts all have their own distinct electoral geographies. 

On Tuesday, February 23rd, Ash Center Democracy Postdoctoral Fellow Pauliina Patana and a global panel of experts discussed how to make sense of these deep geographic divides, similarities, and differences in spatial patterns across countries, strategies parties are using to mobilize voters across space and place, and other pertinent questions.

Panelists included:

  • Dr. Terri Givens, Founder and CEO, The Center for Higher Education Leadership
  • Prof. Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, School of Political Science, Diego Portales University
  • Prof. Tariq Thachil, Associate Professor and Director of Center for Advanced Study of India and Madan Lal Sobti Chair for the Study of Contemporary India, University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Pauliina Patana (Moderator), Democracy Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

The transcript for this episode is online here. 

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