‘Riding the Populist Wave’ : the UK conservatives and the constitution


This event, hosted by UK think tank the CU reflects on how mainstream right-wing parties across Europe have faced challenges from the populist radical right.

Professor Tim Bale’s new book, ‘Riding the Populist Wave’, highlights how mainstream right-wing parties across Europe – including the UK Conservatives – have faced challenges responding to electoral pressure from the populist radical right. How such parties respond may have important implications for everyday politics, and raise concerns about the robustness of constitutional protections, and even of liberal democracy itself. This seminar will reflect on the international trends, with a particular interest in how they are affecting, and may continue to affect, the UK.

Panellists:

Tim Bale, Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University of London.

Lord (Daniel) Finkelstein, journalist and Conservative life peer.

Chair: Professor Meg Russell, Director of the Constitution Unit.

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