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Semester 1, 2017

Wednesday 22 March 2016, 12-1.30pm
Speaker: Professor Thomas Poguntke
Düsseldorf Party Research Institute (PRuF), University of Düsseldorf
Topic: The Sovereign Debt Crisis and the Rise of Populism: Germany in a Comparative Perspective

The paper will discuss the impact of the sovereign debt crisis on party system change and the rise of populism in Europe. The presentation is divided into two parts. The first part will present a systematic comparison of the developments in the party systems of the dominant ‘donor state’ Germany, on the one hand, and the Southern European crisis countries (Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal) on the other. It can be shown that the crisis has resulted in major party systems change resulting in the rise of populist parties. Yet, this does not fully explain the success of the right-wing populist party AfD in Germany. To this end, the second part of this presentation will take a closer look at the impact of the refugee crisis and the most recent developments following the nomination of the SPD Chancellor-candidate Martin Schulz, which has led to a sudden surge of the SPD poll ratings.

About the speaker: Professor Thomas PoguntkeThomas Poguntke, MSc (LSE) 1983; PhD, European University Institute Florence 1989; Habilitation, University of Mannheim 1999. He is Professor of Comparative Politics at the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf and Director of the Düsseldorf Party Research Institute (PRuF) and has previously held chairs at the universities of Keele, Birmingham and Bochum and was Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. He was series editor of the Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science and co-editor of German Politics and is author and editor of numerous publications on political parties and comparative politics including The Presidentialization of Politics. A Comparative Study of Modern Democracies (Oxford University Press 2005; with Paul D. Webb) and Organizing Political Parties: Representation, Participation and Power (Oxford University Press, in press; with Susan E. Scarrow and Paul D. Webb).
Venue: Room 427 Merewether building, H04 [map]