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Event Review: The Rise of Populism: Case Studies, Economic Determinants and Policy Implications

07 November 2019

conference programme

9th Annual Intereconomics / CEPS Conference in Brussels

New political parties and peoples’ movements have been on the rise in Europe and worldwide for over a decade. This has gone hand in hand with the Great Recession, fiscal adjustments, an increase in migration, cultural backlash and the rise of nationalism and Euroscepticism. How are changes in the political landscape, particularly the rise of populist sentiment, playing out across Europe? Are there common economic determinants of the developments among individual European countries or regions? What are the economic consequences of the populist wave in Europe? Has this sentiment run its course? Will the centre and traditional parties be revived? What role, if any, has the EU played in the rise of populism and what does it mean for the future of the EU?

9:00-9:30 Registration and Coffee

9:30 - 9:45 Welcome and Introduction

Christian Breuer, Editor-in-Chief, Intereconomics, ZBW

Karel Lannoo, CEO, CEPS

9:45 - 10:45 Keynote Speech

On Healing Socio-Economic Divergence

Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Oxford University, UK

Coffee Break

11:15-12:45 Session 1

Upheaval of Traditional Politics Across Europe

Mario Pianta, Professor of Economic Policy, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, Italy

László Andor, Secretary General, FEPS, Brussels

Daphne Halikiopoulou, Associate Professor, University of Reading, UK

12:45-13:30 Lunch Break

13:30-14:30 Keynote Speech

Marcel Fratzscher, Director, German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Germany

14:30-16:00 Session 2

The Economic Root Causes and Determinants of Populism

Thiemo Fetzer, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Warwick, UK

Karl Aiginger, Professor of Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

Evgenia Passari, Assistant Professor, Université Paris Dauphine, France

Coffee Break

16:15-17:30 Session 3

Roundtable Debate: What are the Policy Implications?

Steven Blockmans, Senior Research Fellow, CEPS

Heather Grabbe, Director, Open Society European Policy Institute, Brussels

Marcel Fratzscher, Director, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Germany

László Andor, Secretary General, FEPS, Brussels

Daphne Halikiopoulou, Associate Professor, University of Reading, UK