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Reclaiming Populism: how economic fairness can win back disenchanted voters
Join us to hear from authors Eric Protzer and Paul Summerville as they discuss their book 'Reclaiming Populism: How Economic Fairness Can Win Back Disenchanted Voters'.

In their book they contend that populist upheavals like Trump, Brexit, and the Gilets Jaunes happen when the system really is rigged. Citizens over the world are angry not due to income inequality or immigration, but economic unfairness: the sense of being held back from success because opportunity is not equal and reward is not according to contribution.

This forensic book draws on original research, cited by the UN and IMF, to demonstrate that illiberal populism strikes hardest when success is influenced by family origins rather than talent and effort. Protzer and Summerville propose a framework of policy inputs that instead support high social mobility, and apply it to diagnose the differing reasons behind economic unfairness in the US, UK, Italy, and France. By striving for a fair, socially-mobile economy, they argue, it is possible to craft a politics that reclaims the reasonable grievances behind populism.

Jan 26, 2022 05:30 PM in London

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