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Participation in a populist age

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Many agree that politics has entered a populist phase. But what are the implications for the health of our democracy, and for activists and campaigners working for change within the traditional democratic process?

This isn’t just about Brexit and Trump. Established parties all over Europe and beyond have been shifted by populist politics. New parties and leaders have emerged to take centre stage.

One consequence of this is an apparent increase in engagement with politics, particularly among groups who were previously disengaged. It all seems a long way from the state of play 10 or 15 years ago, when voter turnout and party membership numbers told a story of participation in decline.

But what kind of participation thrives in a populist age? Should it be welcomed? Does it make sense to speak of a ‘left wing populism’? And what does it all mean for the health of our democracy, and for the future of our politics?

The New Economics Foundation and Loughborough University are delighted to invite you to a mini-conference on Participation in a Populist Age. We are bringing together politicians, journalists, campaigners and experts to try to understand the nature of political engagement in these extraordinary times.

Date: Monday 21st May
Time: 1.30pm-5pm
Location: John Tudor Room, Central Hall Westminster, Storey's Gate, London, SW1H 9NH

Speakers include:

Stella Creasy (MP for Walthamstow)
Zoe Williams (The Guardian)
Will Jennings (University of Southampton and Centre for Towns)
Alan Finlayson (University of East Anglia)
Sirio Canos Donnay (Podemos)
Claudia Chwalisz (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development)
Jess Garland (Electoral Reform Society)

Places are severely limited so please reply promptly to reserve your place.

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