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10 June 2022 - 10 June 2022

1:30PM - 2:30PM

Durham Law School | PCL048

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Two approaches dominate the debate on the rise of authoritarian-populist parties: an economic one that focuses on growing inequality as a result of globalisation, and a cultural one that looks at processes of liberalisation.

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Michael Zürn

Both explanations are strangely free of politics and overlook the genuinely political causes of this development. It is a double alienation from the democratic process that has helped the authoritarian-populists parties to rise. Given this explanation, can we expect a decline due to the Corona and the Ukraine crises?

The talk will be followed by a question and answer session.

Michael Zürn is the Director of the research unit on Transnational Conflicts and International Institutions at WZB (Social Science Research Center Berlin) and Director of the SCRIPTS project. He is also the head of WZB’s Rule of Law Center and a Professor of International Relations at Free University Berlin.

Michael served as the Founding Dean of the Hertie School of Governance from 2004 to 2009. He is now the Hertie School’s first Honorary Fellow.

He has been published frequently on international relations topics, such as global governance and European integration, and he has edited various publications and journals in the fields of international relations, political science and public policy.

He has held visiting professorships at the University of Denver and Harvard University. In 1993, he was appointed Professor of International and Transnational Relations at the University of Bremen. Until 2004, he was Chairman of the Collaborative Research Centre “Transformation of the State” in Bremen, funded by the German Research Foundation.

Michael will present the 2021 Best Thesis Prize to Dr Jack Taggart for his doctoral thesis:

Global Development Governance in the `Interregnum': Legitimacy and the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

A sandwich lunch will be available from 12.30pm.

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