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“Populists and the Pandemic: How Populists Around the World Responded to Covid-19″with addresses by Jan-Werner Müller and Pippa Norris

September 20 @ 1:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Co-sponsored by the Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence for Comparative Populism, and European Studies.


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The recently published volume, Populists and the Pandemic: How Populists Around the World Responded to Covid-19, edited by Nils Ringe of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Lucio Renno of the University of Brasília, is the result of a collaboration of international scholars and examines the responses of populist political actors and parties in 22 countries around the globe to the Covid-19 pandemic, in terms of their attitudes, rhetoric, mobilization repertoires, and policy proposals.


In two public lectures, Professor Jan-Werner Mueller and Professor Pippa Norris will address the topic of the book.



1:15-2:15 pm:  Jan-Werner Müller, “Reflections on Populism and Crisis”

Jan-Werner Müller is Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He works mainly in democratic theory and the history of modern political thought; he also has research interests in the relationship between architecture and politics, as well as the normative implications of the current structural transformations of the public sphere. Publications include Constitutional Patriotism (2007), Contesting Democracy: Political Ideas in Twentieth-Century Europe (2011) and What is Populism? (2016), which has been translated into more than 20 languages. 2019 saw the publication of Furcht und Freiheit: Für einen anderen Liberalismus, which won the Bavarian Book Prize; in 2021, Democracy Rules appeared with FSG, Penguin, and Suhrkamp.


2:15-2:30pm: Coffee break


2:30-3:30pm: Pippa Norris, “In Praise of Skepticism: Trust, Gullibility and Skepticism”

Pippa Norris is a comparative political scientist who has taught at Harvard for three decades. She is the Paul McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, an Affiliated Professor at Harvard’s Government Department, and founding Director of the Electoral Integrity Project. Her research compares public opinion and elections, democratic institutions and cultures, gender politics, and political communications in many countries worldwide. Recent research projects include TrustGov, the IPSA-ECPR World Survey of Political Science, the Global Party Survey, and the World Values Survey. Major honors include the 2022 Warren E. Miller Award by APSA, the 2022 Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award, the 2021 Murray Edelman Lifetime Distinguished Career Award by APSA, the 2020 Samuel Eldersveld award by APSA, the 2019 Charles Merriam award by APSA, 2018 fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the 2017 Isaiah Berlin Lifetime Achievement Award by the PSA, the 2017 International Institutional Engagement award, the 2016 Brown Medal for Democracy, the Australian PSA’s 2016 Academic Leadership in Political Science, IPSA’s 2014 Karl Deutsch award, the 2011 Johan Skytte prize in political science, and the ARC’s 2011 Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship.


3:30: Reception with light refreshments




September 20
1:15 pm - 3:30 pm