Crucial policy decisions, such as trade deals or even laws, are made by politically elected leaders – but with the rise of populist leaders, what does this mean for the quality of governance? We talk about why populism 'works', and populist parties in Europe and India. With Christophe Jaffrelot, Sandra Destradi, Mukulika Banarjee, Sten Widmalm and organizer Anubandh Kate.
Christophe Jaffrelot is a political scientist and the Avantha Chair and Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at the King’s India Institute and also the Research Lead for the Global Institutes, King’s College London. His core research focuses on theories of nationalism and democracy, mobilization of the lower castes and Dalits (ex-untouchables) in India, the Hindu nationalist movement, and ethnic conflicts in Pakistan.
Sandra Destradi is a research fellow at GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Institute of Asian Studies, and holds a PhD in International Relations at Hamburg University.
Dr Mukulika Banerjee is the Director of the South Asia Centre and Associate Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The author of ‘Why India Votes’, interweaving the political into social anthropology to understand human behaviour has been a core component of Mukulika’s long-standing academic engagement with South Asia.
Sten Widmalm is a Professor in political science at the Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden. As a comparative political scientist, he focuses on political tolerance, democratic development, conflict studies, crisis management, decentralization, and corruption.
*This event is part of the EU-India People’s Summit. The organizers are not responsible for the opinions expressed. The People’s Summit is a non-partisan, non-bureaucratic festival of ideas.*