Brexit and Trump: The New Populism in the UK and US


Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 4:10pm to 5:30pm


Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge

Join us for our inaugural seminar with Baroness Tessa Jowell as she leads a discussion on Brexit and Trump: the new populism in the US and UK. As frustrated citizens lose faith in established political processes and leaders, they are turning to alternatives that may produce bad policy, bad outcomes for society, and perhaps even threaten democracy itself. What are the sources of these “populist” revolts against the elites that produced Brexit and the Trump candidacy? What does the future hold?

This discussion will be moderated by Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship and HKS Academic Dean.

About the Series
Making Democracy WorkIn a series of four seminars entitled Making Democracy Work: Should Progressives be Optimistic, Baroness Tessa Jowell will reflect on the threat to progressive politics from the anger that is driving “populist” politics on the left and right. She will discuss the challenge to progressive politics and policy created by the division between the alienated 90% and the hostility to the 10%, “the elite” whose leadership and decisions in politics and business they hold responsible for failing to improve living standards and create social and economic opportunity. This increasing distance between citizens and political leaders threatens established parties, claims to evidence and science, and to the openness and optimism that define progressive politics. On what basis can progressive optimism be rebuilt?

These discussions are part of the Ash Center's Making Democracy Work Seminar Series

About the Speaker
Baroness Tessa Jowell is currently a Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she also serves as an expert advisor to the Ministerial Development Programme. She stepped down as a member of Parliament after 23 years in 2015. She now sits as a Labour Peer in the House of Lords. She served in the Labour government for all its 13 years holding Ministerial positions in Public Health, where she established the Sure Start early nurture programme together with national programmes to tackle health inequality. As employment and women's minister she introduced, inter alia, new maternity rights and paternity leave. She is also a Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics and a Board member of the Economist.


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