Dr. Edward DeClair will present “The Rise of Populism in France and the United States: Le Pen and Trump” as part of the Westover Honors Program 30th Anniversary Lecture Series.
According to some, advanced industrial democracies are under siege due to a rise of far-right populism. Brexit in Great Britain, the election of Donald Trump in the United States, and the rise of the far right in such European democracies as the Netherlands, Hungary, Austria, and France portend a shift in the democratic firmament. Recent elections in some democracies seem to underscore this argument while elections in others serve to undercut such a conclusion. The current political climate in France and the United States are two such case studies with many striking similarities as well as some rather stark contrasts. This lecture will explore the success of Trump in the United States and the failure of Le Pen in France.