Political, Legal and Economic Dimensions of Populism

Second workshop of the research network AIS Politica: “Populismi e Politica Globale"
19 ottobre 2016
20 ottobre 2016
19 - 20 ottobre 2016

Venue: Department of Humanities, via Tommaso Gar, 14

Populism is a much-discussed phenomenon, and is a structural aspect of many democratic societies, in particular since the financial, economic, and migration crisis. While much attention is being paid to populism as a negation of liberal-representative democracy and/or as a major challenge to democratic politics, insufficient attention is given to the complex ways in which populism exposes intrinsic tensions and profound areas of contention within, as well as between, existing political, juridical and economic institutions.
The conference departs from the observation that the phenomenon of populism calls for a critical, interdisciplinary approach, and hence, populism will be discussed by scholars from a variety of backgrounds, including economics, political science, sociology, and law.

In collaboration with: Institute of Sociological Studies, Charles University in Prague; Università di Perugia; Associazione Italiana di Sociologia, Sezione Sociologia Politica.

Wednesday 19 October - Room 004, Department of Humanities 


Welcome remarks

Andrea Fracasso


Panel 1 – Populism and Constitutional Democracies

  “Populism and the Politics of the Extraordinary”  Carlos de la Torre
  “Populism and Political Representation” Alfio Mastropaolo
  “Constitutional Populism in Italy and Hungary: Resemblances and Difference” Paul Blokker
  Discussants Carlo Ruzza, Jens WoelkLuisa Antoniolli
16.45 Coffe break  

Panel 2 – Populism, Technocracy, and Economic Governance

  “Contro la democrazia egualitaria: la strana alleanza fra populismi e tecnocrazie”  Michele Sorice
  “The political economy of populism, South and North”  Carlos Waisman
  “Populism as a rational (but perverse) rational choice” Stefano Benati
  Discussant Matthew Hibberd
18.45 General Discussion Luigi Bonatti, Gianfranco Poggi, Leila Giannetto, Alberta Giorgi, Gaspare Nevola, Alan Scott,  Maria Elisabetta Lanzone, Antonio Putini
Thursday 20 October - Room 004, Department of Humanities

Panel 3 – Populism and European Integration

  “The Roots of Anti-EU in Populist (Anti)Politics”  Patricia Chiantera-Stutte
  “The UK's populist moment: Brexit and the impact of the UK Independence Party”  Stefano Fella
  "European Radical Left. Populism or non-populism?"  Marco Damiani
  "The politics of anti-politics: populist parties in European democracies" Lorenzo Viviani   
  Discussant Gaspare Nevola
10.45 Coffe break  

Panel 4 – Populism and Institutions

  “The Institutionalization of Populist Parties in the Italian Party System”  Carlo Ruzza
  “Qualità della democrazia e populismo” Manuel Anselmi
  “Contemporary Populism as output of the de-politicization processes”  Fabio de Nardis
  Discussant Alberta Giorgi
12.45 Lunch break  
14.00 Panel book populism (Italian)/AIS sezione Sociologia Politica  

Panel 5 – Populismo nel Mediterraneo

  “Democrazia e populismo nei paesi dell’Europa meridionale”  Roberto Biorcio
  “Individualismo politico e populismo a inizi XXI secolo. Una comparazione in chiave sociologica”  Andrea Millefiorini
  “Populism, democracy, and cleavages”  Giovanni Barbieri
  Discussant Manuel Anselmi
16.30 Concluding Remarks  

Conference Participants

  • Manuel Anselmi - Università di Perugia
  • Luisa Antoniolli - Università di Trento
  • Giovanni Barbieri - Università di Perugia     
  • Stefano Benati - Università di Trento
  • Roberto Biorcio - Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca
  • Paul Blokker - Università di Trento, Charles University, Prague
  • Luigi Bonatti - Università di Trento
  • Patricia Chiantera-Stutte - Università degli Studi di Bari
  • Marco Damiani - Università di Perugia
  • Carlos de la Torre - University of Kentucky
  • Fabio de Nardis - Università del Salento
  • Stefano Fella - Labour Research Department and Trustee, New Europeans
  • Leila Giannetto - Università di Trento
  • Alberta Giorgi - University of Coimbra
  • Matthew Hibberd - University of Stirling, UK
  • Maria Elisabetta Lanzone - Università di Genova
  • Alfio Mastropaolo - Università di Torino
  • Andrea Millefiorini - Università di Napoli
  • Gaspare Nevola - Università di Trento
  • Gianfranco Poggi - Università di Trento
  • Antonio Putini - Università La Sapienza 
  • Carlo Ruzza - Università di Trento
  • Alan Scott - University of Innsbruck
  • Michele Sorice - LUISS
  • Lorenzo Viviani - Università di Pisa
  • Carlos Waisman -  University of California, San Diego, US
  • Jens Woelk - Università di Trento

Scientific Coordination

  • Manuel Anselmi
  • Paul Blokker
  • Carlo Ruzza

Paul Blokker expresses gratitude to the Provincia Autonoma di Trento (PAT), for the research grant CoPolis (UNITA' RIC PAT-BLOKKER [40102063])


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