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Inequality, Immigration, and the Politics of Populism: A Conference


Organized by
The New York Review of Books Foundation

Sponsored by
The Fritt Ord Foundation, Oslo
The Dan David Prize, Tel Aviv
Europaeum, Oxford
The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
Institute for Public Knowledge, New York
Sekyra Group, Prague



Populist parties and movements, mostly on the right, are becoming a powerful force in both the United States and Europe. The ascent of Donald Trump to the US presidency is the most spectacular electoral success in American history for a militant form of right-wing populism. The gains made by Alternative für Deutschland in the recent German elections mark the first time since 1945 that a populist party of the extreme right has achieved significant representation in the German Parliament. 

Why is this happening, and why is it happening now? Is it the product of exceptional events, such as the financial crisis of 2007–2008 or the mass migrations from the Middle East to Europe that reached their peak in 2015? If so, is the populist wave likely to be just a passing phenomenon? Or is it here to stay, linked to something more permanent such as the disruptions of globalization and the IT revolution, or the emergence of a more ruthless form of capitalism, especially in the United States? These are some of the questions our fall conference, held at the NYU School of Law, will consider.  

Attendees: François Bourguignon, Bill Bradley, Grete Brochmann, Ian Buruma, Anne Case, Angus Deaton, Dalma Dojcsák, Hugh Eakin, Frances Fitzgerald, Jacob Hacker, Simon Head, Guri Hjeltnes, Henning Hoff, Michael Kazin, Paul Krugman, Nicholas Lemann, Jiri Pehe, Kenneth Roth, Ludek Sekyra, Richard Sennett, Aleksander Smolar, Hadia Tajik




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Category: Conference
NYU School of Law
Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Sq South,
New York, NY