Brought to you by the King’s Brazil institute, King’s College London and the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS). Recent political events in the US and Europe have focused scholarly debate on the nature of populism and its relationship to democracy. In the context of Latin America, the concept has a long history. Associated with economic nationalism and the co-optation of particular classes from the early twentieth century, from the 1990s a neo-liberal form of populism emerged in Latin America. With the diversity of ‘populisms’ identified, the conference sought to examine whether the term continues to have any validity and what relationship(s) it has to democracy.
Keynote speaker: Steve Levitsky (Harvard University): “The supply side of populism: The crisis of political establishments and what it means for democracy”
Date: 8 June 2021