London Futurists 2: Populism, Policy and Transparency

London Futurists 2: Populism, Policy and Transparency

WHEN: 3rd June 2016 @ 7pm


Undoubtedly populism is one of the most used and abused terms. Bolivian left-wing president Evo Morales has been called populist, just as right-wing presidential candidate Donald Trump. The term has been applied to the radical left SSP (Scottish Socialist Party), but also to the radical right FPÖ (Freedom Party of Austria).

Populism has had many definitions over the course of time. Taking the ideological definition of populism (appealing to the general population), we have to take into account the supply – and the demand-side of the populist phenomenon. Thus assuming that the establishment, propagation, and alteration of the populist ideology depends on skilful politicians and social groups, who have emotional and deliberate motives for adhering to the populist ideology.

Adding fuel to populism is an increasing awareness of conditional transparency. Revelations continue from the likes of Wikileaks (Manning), Snowdon disclosures and the Panama Papers showing networks of power, data knowledge and financial management that are only accessible to a privileged few. What is to be made of negotiations behind closed doors for the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership)?

So with a move towards populism in the West, what does this mean for policy development and transparency? Does democracy need to be reinvented?

Join us as at this roundtable discussion, to discuss populism in the light of the upcoming EU Referendum in the UK, the recent Dutch referendum on the Ukraine EU Membership, and in the USA the rise of Donald Trump.