There’s a rising tide of people across the West – from the United States to France, Austria, Sweden and the UK – who feel excluded, alienated from mainstream politics, and increasingly hostile towards minorities, immigrants, refugees and neoliberal economics. Many see national populist movements, which have begun to change the face of Western liberal democracy, as the solution. Is this the last act from an ageing electorate? Is it a working class revolt? Are we approaching the end of liberal democracy? What would a people’s vote on Brexit mean for politics and society? Is it a deliberate tactic of the right? And is the Corbyn surge a populism of the Left? Eliane Glaser, BBC Radio broadcaster and author of Anti-Politics: On the Demonisation of Ideology, Authority and the State, joins Lewis Goodall, political correspondent for Sky News and author of Left for Dead: The Strange Death and Rebirth of the Labour Party, and Matthew Goodwin, co-author of National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy, to debate the current state and likely future of populism.


Eliane Glaser[] is a writer, a senior lecturer at Bath Spa University, an associate research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, and a BBC radio producer. She is the author of Get Real: How to See Through the Hype, Spin and Lies of Modern Life and Anti-Politics: On the Demonisation of Ideology, Authority and the State. She writes for the Guardian, the Independent and the New Statesman, among other places, and produces programmes on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 3 such as Free Thinking, Front Row and Woman’s Hour. Follow her on Twitter @ElianeGlaser

Lewis Goodall is a political correspondent for Sky News. Based in its Westminster bureau he reports on politics up and down the country and beyond. Before this he reported for BBC Newsnight – the BBC’s flagship politics and current affairs TV programme. He has also reported for the Victoria Derbyshire programme, Radio 4 and BBC World. He reports on stories as varied as Euroscepticism in Clacton, the Paris terror attacks, and even enrolled in the world’s most famous clown school in Étampes. He has also presented many historical films for the BBC on subjects including the Easter Rising, the rise of the SDP and the 1945 General Election. He is the author of Left for Dead: The Strange Death and Rebirth of the Labour Party. Follow him on Twitter @Lewis_Goodall

Matthew Goodwin[] is an academic, writer and speaker known for his work on Britain and Europe, political volatility and risk, populism, Brexit and elections. He is a professor of Politics at Rutherford College, University of Kent, a senior visiting fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, and a senior fellow with the academic programme The UK In a Changing Europe. He is the author of a number of books, including Brexit: Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union (with Harold D Clarke and Paul Whiteley) and National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy (with Roger Eatwell). Follow him on Twitter @GoodwinMJ

Thursday 18 October

Eliane Glaser, Lewis Goodall and Matthew Goodwin

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