October 23, 2018

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm , Eastern Time

Trump, Brexit, and the Rise of Authoritarian-Populism


Please join us in welcoming Professor Pippa Norris from Harvard’s Kennedy School for a discussion on “Cultural Backlash: Trump, Brexit, and Authoritarian Constitutionalism.” Professor Norris will discuss the theory that polarization over the cultural cleavages that divide social liberals and social conservatives in the electorates and how these values translate into support for Authoritarian-Populist parties in the U.S. and Europe.

Pippa Norris is the Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and Director of the Electoral Integrity Project.

In 2012 she established the Electoral Integrity Project, an independent research project supported by the Australian Research Council and other foundations and partners. She directs the research team based at the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. The project focuses on why elections fail, why this matters, and what can be done to strengthen integrity. EIP works with local teams of researchers in Mexico, Russia and India, as well as with international agencies including UN women, UNDP, the OSCE and EU, the Australian Electoral Commission, IFES, the Carter Center, ACEEEO, UN-DPA, USAID, and International IDEA. This award winning research project has generated a series of policy reports and outreach commentary, as well as scientific datasets and scholarly books.

She has published almost fifty books. This includes Pippa Norris and Alessando Nai (Eds) Election Watchdogs: Transparency & Accountability (New York: Oxford University Press June 2017), Pippa Norris Why American Elections are Flawed(Cornell June 2017), and Pippa Norris Strengthening Electoral Integrity (New York: Cambridge University Press Aug 2017). Her current research focuses upon a new book, Cultural Backlash: Trump, Brexit and the Rise of Authoritarian-Populism (with Ronald Inglehart, Cambridge University Press, 2018) and an edited book on Fake Elections? Voter Inclusion and Security in America (2018).

Prior to joining Harvard in 1992, she taught at Edinburgh University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Philosophy (Hons) from Warwick University, and Masters and Doctoral degrees in Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Hosted by the American Constitution Society.

Lunch will be served.