Mainstreaming Populism Seminar 12.4.2018

In many European countries, so-called populist parties have gained success in domestic party fields, joining parliaments and even governing cabinets in the twenty-first century. At the same time quite enduring party systems have turned rather unstable. One can easily argue that, in many level, populism has mainstreamed in today’s European politics.

The University of Helsinki organizes a one day seminar in which mainstreaming of populism is discussed from multiple angles. Three distinguished European scholars give their keynote speeches in the seminar: Tjitske Akkerman (University of Amsterdam), Daniele Albertazzi (University of Birmingham), and Frank Esser (University of Zurich). In addition, a panel discussion debating “many faces of populism” is organized by domestic populism scholars (Tuija Saresma as a chair and Halil Gürhanli, Niko Hatakka, Anu Koivunen and Emilia Palonen as discussants).

Free entrance: Welcome!

The venue: University of Helsinki, Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3), PII


13 Opening: Mainstreaming Populism (Juha Herkman)

13.15–14 Tjitske Akkerman: Radical Right-Wing Populist Parties in Western Europe. Into the Mainstream?

14–14.45 Frank Esser: Populism – A Big Hit in European Political Communication Research

14.45–15.15 Break

15.15–16 Daniele Albertazzi (with Arianna Giovannini, De Montfort, and Antonella Seddoni, Turin): Regionalism, Nationalism and “Chameleonic” Populism: The Case of the Italian Lega Nord

16–17.45 Panel discussion: Many Faces of Populism

Chair: Tuija Saresma

Discussants: Halil Gürhanli, Niko Hatakka, Anu Koivunen, and Emilia Palonen

17.45–18 Ending




Juha Herkman,