Authoritarian populist parties have advanced in many countries, entering government in several EU member states, and influencing the policy agenda. Drawing on new evidence, Pippa Norris’ and Ronal Inglehart’s book “Cultural Backlash: Trump, Brexit, and Authoritarian Populism” advances a general theory why the support for authoritarian-populist parties and leaders in the US and Europe increases. This virtual conference will highlight the challenges of this development to cosmopolitan values in Europe.

The conference is framed under a joint UNED-Elcano research workshop on “the changing politics of international solidarity in Europe: the politization of asylum, migration, and aid to third countries”.


  • Pippa Norris,Professor at KSG Harvard University and co-author of “Cultural backlash: Trump, Brexit and authoritarian populism”. (@PippaN15)
  • Gustavo Palomares, Political Science UNED Dean. (@GustaPalomares)
  • Charles Powell, Director, Elcano Royal Institute. (@CharlesTPowell)

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, from 16:30 to 18:00h CET (UTC+2).

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Video “Populist challenges to cosmopolitan values in Europe” (1:23:53)