Current Populism in Europe: What’s Next?

5th Prague Populism Conference

Current Populism in Europe: What’s Next?

27 – 28 May 2019, PRAGUE
Goethe-Institut Prague, Masarykovo nábřeží 32, 110 00 Praha 1

Prague Office of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung together with the Institute for International Studies Charles University in Prague and Goethe Institut Prag organized on 27 and 28 May 2019 the 5th Prague Populism Conference titled "Current Populism in Europe: What's Next?" 

After four years of the Prague Populism Conference, and 30 years since 1989, the time had come to look at the concept of populism critically and to ask vital, defining questions. Is this concept still appropriate for the description of political parties and their behaviour in Europe or elsewhere? Is there a consensus on what we really mean by this term? How has populism developed and mutated over the past decade, since the economic crisis? What can we expect from the upcoming elections to the European Parliament? Answers to those questions will helped us to re-brand the notion of populism in order to keep pace with current political developments. The two days event was framed by keynote speeches by Cas Mudde from the University of Georgia, Andrea Petö from the Central European University in Budapest, Reinhard Heinisch from the University of Salzburg and Stijn Van Kessel from the Queen Mary University of London. 

Answers to those questions helped us to re-brand the notion of populism in order to keep pace with current political developments. Within the scope of the 5th Prague Populism Conference, the organisers encouraged applicants to submit papers on the following issues:

  • Re-branding the concept of populism – the search for a definition.
  • Are there any countermeasures to populism - and do we need them?
  • Comparative studies of current populist parties and movements in Europe.
  • Impact of populism on the elections to the European Parliament.

More outputs from the event to come soon.