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MW Lecture with Helen Milner (Princeton University) - Globalization and Its Political Consequences: The Rise of Populism?

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  • Wed 15 May 2019 17.00 - 18.30
  Add to Calendar 2019-05-15 17:00 2019-05-15 18:30 Europe/Paris MW Lecture with Helen Milner (Princeton University) - Globalization and Its Political Consequences: The Rise of Populism?

Globalization has grown much since 1980s. What political trends have been associated with this growth? This lecture examines two aspects of the political consequences of globalization. Economic globalization, according to some economic theories, has adverse consequences for labour, especially less skilled labour, in the rich democracies. If these voters are the median, then we might expect parties to respond to this by turning against globalization and the openness to flows of goods, services, people and capital that it brings. Have parties turned against economic openness? And have parties, especially extreme right-wing ones, that oppose openness advanced in terms of their electoral strength as a result? First Prof. Milner explores whether political parties in the advanced industrial countries have adopted more anti-internationalist platforms as globalization has advanced. Second, Prof. Milner examines whether parties have been affected deferentially by globalization; in particular, have extreme, right-wing extremist parties gained vote share as globalization has proceeded, while mainstream left ones have lost. The evidence suggests that globalization, especially trade, is associated with a political turn to anti-internationalism and to extremist parties.

Oliver Westerwinter (MW RSCAS Fellow) will introduce the Lecture.
James Lee (MW SPS Fellow) will chair the Lecture.

Refectory, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Refectory, Badia Fiesolana

Globalization has grown much since 1980s. What political trends have been associated with this growth? This lecture examines two aspects of the political consequences of globalization. Economic globalization, according to some economic theories, has adverse consequences for labour, especially less skilled labour, in the rich democracies. If these voters are the median, then we might expect parties to respond to this by turning against globalization and the openness to flows of goods, services, people and capital that it brings. Have parties turned against economic openness? And have parties, especially extreme right-wing ones, that oppose openness advanced in terms of their electoral strength as a result? First Prof. Milner explores whether political parties in the advanced industrial countries have adopted more anti-internationalist platforms as globalization has advanced. Second, Prof. Milner examines whether parties have been affected deferentially by globalization; in particular, have extreme, right-wing extremist parties gained vote share as globalization has proceeded, while mainstream left ones have lost. The evidence suggests that globalization, especially trade, is associated with a political turn to anti-internationalism and to extremist parties.

Oliver Westerwinter (MW RSCAS Fellow) will introduce the Lecture.
James Lee (MW SPS Fellow) will chair the Lecture.


Location:
Refectory, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Max Weber Programme

Type:
Lecture

Contact:
Francesca Grassini (EUI - Max Weber Programme) - Send a mail

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