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Populism: Parties and Ideas in Europe and Beyond

A research symposium co-hosted with the Centre for the Study of Political Organisation (CPO).

Populism, to put it mildly, is a much-discussed phenomenon. According to many observers, populist political forces, mainly on the right but also sometimes on the left, have advanced in European countries and in other parts of the world, including the Americas.

What drives these forces' success? Is it helpful to classify political parties as populist or non-populist? Or is populism more a political strategy, which most political parties use in some way or another at some time?

At this Södertörn symposium, which is co-hosted by Political Science and the Centre for the Study of Political Organisation, there will be presentations from three leading researchers in the field.

  • Niklas Bolin is associate professor of political science at Mid Sweden University and a project researcher at Södertörn. He will discuss what extant literature says about populist politics: its character, its variation, its relationship with democracy and current research about its alleged growth.
  • Ann-Cathrine Jungar is associate professor of political science at Södertörn. She works on radical-right parties in the Nordic countries. She will address such parties in her presentation. How different from the mainstream are they?
  • Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback is professor of philosophy at Södertörn. She is especially interested in the supposed populism of Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil, whose style has been compared to that of his American counterpart. Is it helpful to attach the populist label in this South American case?

Each of the above will present for 25 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of questions. The final 45 minutes of the symposium will feature a discussion between the three presenters about questions put by the chair of the event – Johan Eriksson, professor of political science at Södertörn – and from other participants.

We ask that scholars at Södertörn and other universities register their interest in attending in advance, via e-mail to, by Monday November 25th.

Time and place

27 November 13:00-16:30


Room MA 796 (CBEES), on the seventh floor in the main building, Södertörn University, Campus Flemingsberg, find us


Arranged by

Political Science and the Centre for the Study of Political Organisation (CPO) at the School of Social Sciences, Södertörn University



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